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NATRAX

Date: 05 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The largest vehicle testing facility has been set up in Indore. The NATRAX is a vehicle testing track developed for new vehicles.

 

Background

Till now, India did not have such a large testing facility and relied on Europe and America for getting vehicles tested.

 

Details

  • The testing facility is the largest in India and the fifth largest in the world. It is more advanced than those present in China or Japan.

  • National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) has a11.3-km high-speed track and is in line with top class facilities elsewhere.

  • Vehicle can be tested for a maximum speed of 375 km/hr. Development and homologation tests of all kinds of vehicles can be carried out here.

  • Other types of tests that can be performed include durability testing, constant fuel consumption, maximum speed, emission test, brake performance etc.

  • The NATRAX project has been constructed under the NATRiP (National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project) of Ministry of Heavy Industries.

  • The project is a one stop solution for all variety of vehicles and equipments starting from heaviest tractor-trailers to two wheeler vehicles.

  • Currently, manufacturers of equipments will have to go abroad and test their durability, even for Indian conditions. The new facility will remove such issues.