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Toyota reveals miniature Nurburgring

Toyota has revealed a ‘miniature’ Nurburgring test track near its Toyota City Head Office in Japan.

Toyota has revealed plans to build a new performance test track near its head office in Japan with a 5.3km test track opened last week that emulates the corners and elevation changes of the Nurburgring in Germany just on a smaller scale. The test facility is expected to be completed by 2023 and will eventually employ around 3300 people.

In a statement, Toyota said the track opened last week, “features a 5.3-km country road test course. Based on long experience of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is famous throughout the world for its grueling driving conditions, Toyota has designed an exacting test course that takes advantage of local topography and features a roughly 75-meter change in elevation between its highest and lowest points, as well as a wide range of curves and corners”.

Toyota reveals miniature Nurburgring

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Once the facility is completed it will include high-speed courses and specialised surfaces and a vehicle development facility in the manner of brands who’ve set up bases at the Nurburgring.

Commemorating the completion of the new facility, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said, “In addition to conducting driving tests all over the world, and with the replication of severe driving conditions at the new test course, we intend to thoroughly hone every one of our models and develop the types of cars that epitomize the true joy of driving”.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.