Union Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Minister Anant G. Geete formally inaugurated the test track facility developed by Global Automotive Research Centre (GARC) at Oragadam for automotive firms in Chennai.
GARC works under the backing of the National Automotive Testing & R&D Infra Project (NATRiP). With an investment of Rs 963 crore, GARC-Chennai is the largest attempt under NATRiP. This will be one of the six facilities being developed under NATRiP.
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The GARC-Chennai test track covers 304 acres and houses a host of automotive test facilities with the test track comprising three-fourths of the total land area.
The new test track at Oragadam in Chennai has five different types of test tracks: high-speed track (HST), gradient or hill track, external noise track (ENT), braking surface track (BST) and steering pad.
Additionally, the new test track will have a steering pad track, external noise test tracks, hill test tracks with different gradients, ABS test tracks with different friction surfaces. Additionally, a 4.5km-long high-speed test track for homologation activities.
The facility also includes operational laboratories such as mileage accumulation chassis dynamometer, pedestrian safety lab, photometry lab, safety component lab, vibration shaker lab and RDU.
Most importantly, the facility is close to a hub of automobile manufacturers including Hyundai Motor India, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Renault, Nissan, Ford India, BMW India and several leading Indian and foreign component manufacturers.
Under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, GARC is now notified to issue test certificates for homologation. Its facilities are expected to be utilised by automotive OEMs and component manufacturers for homologation and R&D purposes.