Toyota Builds Its Own Version of Nurburgring in Japan

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Toyota is investing US$ 2.68 billion in this race track with over 650 hectares of the area being kept for the re-planted forest.

Nurburgring is an iconic racing track in Germany with 150,000 person capacity that features Formula One race annually. Now, Toyota has started construction of its own version of the German race track in the mountains of Nagoya, just 30 minutes from its head office. Toyota has built this race track as a commitment to making a car more fun to drive. Touted as mini-Nurburgring, it spreads over 2.5 miles of wooded hills and would cost US$ 2.68 billion for construction. Toyota President Akio Toyoda who was a competitive driver continues to race and test his cars.

“Toyota has designed an exacting test course that takes advantage of local topography and features a roughly 75-meter change in elevation between its highest and lowest points, as well as a wide range of curves and corners,” said Toyota in a press release. The circuit is due to be completed in 2023 as the company announced the first section of track in the recent past. The track would of 5.3 km with full of twists and turns along with 75 m of elevation difference between the highest and lowest point. Furthermore, the company will reserve over 650 hectares of the area as natural or for the re-planted forest.

The company is also building some specialized tracks for extreme driving conditions and will have 3300 workers on site when it’s fully complete. The entire project is on a grander scale, bigger than Porsche’s recently completed racing track in Leipzig. The view of Toyota’s racing track is spectacular and will look even better when it’s fully complete. “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,” says company president.

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