NEW CARLISLE, Ind. — Navistar has purchased a 668-acre proving grounds, featuring a three-mile paved and banked oval, the company announced.
It was purchased from Robert Bosch LLC and will be used to test and demonstrate Navistar’s full product line of Classes 5-8 vehicles.
“The new Navistar Proving Grounds is a strategic addition to our product development operations and will play an important role in our mission to deliver industry-leading uptime for our customers,” said Bill Kozek, president, Navistar Truck and Parts. “Beyond testing our latest vehicles and innovative technologies, we will also use the site as a customer center to showcase new products and give customers an opportunity to experience our vehicles first-hand.”
The new proving grounds is located about 90 miles from Navistar’s Lisle, Ill. headquarters.
Navistar will use it for: brake testing; structural durability/accelerated mile accumulation testing, including over multiple road surfaces; and specialized testing, including vehicle noise and handling, centre of gravity, rollover and roof crush testing. It will also be able to evaluate performance on grades of up to 60%, the company announced.