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[pib] NATRAX: Asia’s longest and world’s fifth longest High-Speed Track

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Prelims level : NATRAX

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Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has inaugurated the 11.3 km NATRAX- the High-Speed Track (HST) in Indore which is the longest such track in Asia.

NATRAX

  • NATRAX, developed in an area of 1000 acres of land is a one-stop solution for all sorts of high-speed performance tests for the widest categories of vehicles from 2 wheelers to heavy tractor-trailers.
  • It has multiple test capabilities like measurements of maximum speed, acceleration, constant speed fuel consumption.
  • It can conduct emission tests through real road driving simulation, high-speed handling and stability evaluation during manoeuvred such as lane change, high-speed durability testing, etc.
  • Also, it is a Centre of excellence for Vehicle Dynamics.

Features of the HST

  • The vehicle can achieve a max speed of 375 Kmph on curves with steering control and it has less banking on ovals making it also one of the safest test tracks globally.
  • It is the one-stop solution for all sorts of high-speed performance tests, being one of the largest in the world.
  • It can cater to the widest category of vehicles; say from two-wheelers to the heaviest tractor trailers

Its significance

  • HST is used for measuring the maximum speed capability of high-end cars like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Tesla and so forth which cannot be measured on any of the Indian test tracks.
  • Being centrally located in Madhya Pradesh, it is accessible to most of the major OEMs.
  • Foreign OEMs will be looking at NATRAX HST for the development of prototype cars for Indian conditions.
  • At present, foreign OEMs go to their respective high-speed track abroad for high-speed test requirements.
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