A Mercedes-Benz started work on the Vehicle Testing Center (CTVI) in Iracemápolis, in the interior of São Paulo. Designed in partnership with the German Bosch, the center will be located in the Mercedes-Benz do Brasil Proving Ground and will house tracks for vehicle safety assessments, energy efficiency and driver assistance technologies.
Mercedes has invested a total of R$94 million in CTVI and plans to offer the lease to other manufacturers and manufacturing companies. auto parts. According to the assembler, the center, whose works began in August, should be completed in the first half of 2022.
“By making this new structure available to other companies in the automotive sector, we are contributing to the development of the Brazilian automotive industry. With the important differential that the entire structure will be concentrated in a single location, optimizing processes and ensuring gains in efficiency, agility and productivity, with safety and reliability”, said Karl Deppen, President of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil and CEO Latin America, in a press release.
Test center will have a 2,6 km oval
With the construction of the Test Center, Mercedes intends to match the testing structure in Brazil to those existing in countries like the United States and Japan. In this way, tests for chassis control, such as the electronic stability program and automatic braking, must be carried out in the country.
Currently, the Mercedes Proving Ground in Iracemápolis has 17 lanes: 14 for checking structural durability, one for acoustics, one for dirt and an asphalt circuit to assess thermal comfort. The CTVI will have five more, including a 2,6 km oval track and a 1,6 km mixed track for driving tests.
The space will also have individual boxes and offices for prototype vehicles under development. “CTVI was born with the strong purpose of offering its modern and complete infrastructure to all companies in the automotive sector,” says Andreas Hueller, CTVI construction and operation manager. "The search for the Test Center has intensified and we already have conversations with several interested parties," he added.
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