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Japanese carmaker Toyota has opened a new test track in Japan that is inspired by the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany. The new race track is part of the newly opened Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama, located in a mountainous area straddling the cities of Toyota and Okazaki in Japan.
The new Nurburgring inspired race track is 3.3-miles (5.31 kilometres) long and features changes in elevation of up to 75 metres between its highest and lowest points. The track also features a wide range of curves and turns.
Speaking about the opening of the new technical centre Toyota President Akio Toyoda said, "I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City, Okazaki City and, above all, to the local residents of Shimoyama for their invaluable assistance, consideration, and cooperation over a long period of time from the concept stage to the building of Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama. With the aim of making ever-better cars, we have continued to make various efforts in "feeling the road" and "conversing with cars" through driving tests around the world, including our Five Continent Drive Project and the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race. Based on such experiences, we have replicated a variety of roads in the world at the new test course."
Toyoda continued stating, "In addition to conducting driving tests all over the world, and with the replication of severe driving conditions at the new test course, we intend to thoroughly hone every one of our models and develop the types of cars that epitomize the true joy of driving. As connected, autonomous, shared, and electric (CASE) technologies promise to transform the very nature of mobility, Toyota will remain true to its strength of building cars through genchi genbutsu and delivering emotional performance, and will continue to make every effort to bring a smile to the faces of our customers, regardless of the form that cars take in the future."
The newly opened Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama will eventually be completed in 2023, with a high speed race track joining the Nurburgring inspired country road test course. The new test course will allow the Japanese auto giant to test its cars to their absolute limit as Toyota continues in its new direction of bring more driver focused cars to the road.