Built at the mountainous region of Shimoyama, the track is part of the company’s new research and development center and the track measures 5.3 km long and has an elevation change of 75 metres. In comparison, the Nordschliefe is 25.7km long and has an elevation change of 303 metres.
According to Toyota, the test track includes a “wide range of curves and cambers to simulate a variety of European roads.” The company said they did this to help their engineers to develop vehicles with dynamic characteristics that will make them fun to drive and appeal to European preferences.
Other than the track, the massive 1,600 acre proving ground also compromises of a technical center that houses development facilities, a high-speed test course and other speciality courses.
The whole facility will be completed in March 2024. When it fully opens, the centre will employee approximately 3,300 people and about 90% of them will be directly involved in vehicle development, testing and evaluation.