The track was designed to replicate different real-world driving conditions from across the world. The new facility includes a rocky mountain section, a desert road and a 30-degree incline slope.
The track will allow Nissan’s vehicle-dynamics engineers to conduct repeated off-road performance and endurance tests of four-wheel drive vehicles like the Safari (Patrol) and X-Trail. Nissan said the new facility would help to develop the off-road abilities of its future models and technologies.
In addition to the 2.3-hectare Motegi site, Nissan conducts research and development at three test facilities in Japan (Tochigi, Oppama and Rikubetsu) and in has on in Arizona, USA.