Toyota Built A Mini Nurburgring In Japan To Make Its Vehicles Sportier

The Nürburgring is one of the most famous tracks in the world and Toyota has created a miniature version of the Nordschliefe in Japan.

Located on the grounds of the company’s new research and development center in the mountainous region of Shimoyama, the track measures 3.3 miles (5.3 km) long and has an elevation change of 246 feet (75 meters).

While it’s not as long as the 16 mile (25.7 km) Nordschliefe, Toyota says it includes a “wide range of curves and cambers to simulate a variety of European roads.” The company said they did this to help their engineers to develop vehicles with dynamic characteristics that will make them fun to drive and appeal to European preferences.

The Nordschliefe-inspired track is just one component of the massive 1,600 acre proving ground. The technical center will also house development facilities, a high-speed test course and other specialty courses.

Construction is still underway, but it is scheduled to be completed in March of 2024. When it fully opens, the center will employee approximately 3,300 people and about 90% of them will be directly involved in vehicle development, testing and evaluation.

In a statement, Toyota president Akio Toyoda said “We intend to thoroughly hone every one of our models and develop the types of cars that epitomize the true joy of driving.” He went on to say the company 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.”

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  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Sweet! :3

  • Bo Hanan

    And there’s the Prius being put through the paces….???…

    • Craig

      “COME ON CAR!” – David Mann [aka ‘Dennis Weaver’]

    • Six_Tymes


    • Dude

      I’ve heard the the TNGA based Prius and Prius Prime actually handle pretty decently. Add much stickier tires and some coilovers and you have the world’s slowest track weapon (it’d actually be about as fast as a 1st gen Miata)

  • Dude

    No one tell James May

  • brn

    Because up until now, Nürburgring was the only track on the planet.

    • donald seymour

      I mean yeah…. apparently it is for some reason.

    • Mr. EP9

      I get that it’s kind of the yard stick people use to evaluate their product in a setting that can be unforgiving sometimes, but the obsession has gotten out of hand IMO.

  • bryceee

    5 billion !

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  • john1168

    Rumor had it there was supposed to be a “Ring” built outside of Las Vegas. Does anyone know if that’s happening?

  • Dylan Wentworth

    It’ll be completed just in time for fully self-driving cars.

  • paulgdeaton

    Maybe they can build a mini-Louvre, and work on making their cars look decent, too…

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