NEW DELHI, Jun 29: India reached another amazing achievement as Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Prakash Javadekar inaugurated NATRAX- the High-Speed Track(HST) in Indore which is the World’s 5th-longest High-speed Track in Asia.
According to a press release, NATRAX, developed in an area of 1,000 acres of land, is a one-stop solution for all sorts of high-speed performance tests for the widest categories of vehicles from two-wheelers to heavy tractor-trailers. Speaking at the e-inauguration of the world-class 11.3 km High-Speed Track, Javadekar stated that India is destined to become a hub of automobiles, manufacturing, and spare parts. The Minister said, we are fast moving towards an ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’, and all-around efforts are being made in this direction.
The Minister further said that projects in railways, highways, and waterways which were languishing for years are today getting completed because of the strong political will.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal, said, the government is promoting the manufacturing and automobile industry as it will help to empower the nation at a larger scale.
The NATRAX center has multiple test capabilities like measurements of maximum speed, acceleration, constant speed fuel consumption, emission tests through real road driving simulation, high-speed handling, and stability evaluation during maneuvered such as lane change, high-speed durability testing, etc. and is a Centre of excellence for Vehicle Dynamics.
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.
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. The vehicle can achieve a maximum 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.