Opel invests in Dudenhofen proving ground

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Opel has opened a completely renewed high-speed circuit at its Dudenhofen Test Centre in Germany. The modernization of the test track is part of an investment totaling 28.5 million euros.

New sensors have been installed in the surface of the circuit and full electrification of the control and measurement technology has taken place. Additionally, due to the increase in the angle of the banking from 37.5° to 40°, cars can now drive safely at 250 km/ph on the circuit, without lateral forces.

The investment will enable the test center to replicate nearly every driving profile imaginable. Mike Ableson, Opel/Vauxhall vice president of engineering, said, “We are cementing Dudenhofen’s reputation as one of the leading proving grounds in the world, and we are extending its business opportunities for development, component testing and brand communication. Our numerous long-standing external clients, including many development partners, will also benefit.”

Work on additional extensions has already begun and during the remainder of 2012, Opel will build new tracks for testing pass-by noise and calibrating new engines.

Additional highlights include an all-new traffic control system for the whole proving ground; new tracks for testing transmissions and driving dynamics at Formula 1 levels; and the near-identical copy of a public street, including a city-driving route.

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Graham Heeps is a regular contributor, and knows the dynamics industry well, having previously edited the title. Graham also writes regularly on automotive and motorsport subjects for other magazines from Vehicle Dynamics International’s publisher, UKi Media & Events (as well as editing Tire Technology International), and contributes to a range of online and print publications in the UK, USA and Canada.

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