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Nissan builds super high-speed test track

Nissan today announced the completion of an 8.1 km high-speed test track at its Hokkaido Proving Ground in Rikubetsu, Ashoro, making it the company's longest high-speed circuit. The track, which was built at a cost of 3.2 billion yen ($27.52 million), is designed to allow speeds of more than 300 kilometers per hour (about 187.5 miles per hour). "With this new high-speed track, Nissan will be able to conduct comprehensive vehicle testing, from ordinary road driving to ultra high-speed driving. This will allow us to further improve on the quality and performance of our vehicles," said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, executive vice president and head of research and development at Nissan. The high-speed track is modeled after the German Autobahn with continuous slopes and curves, as well as various road surfaces. In addition to research into vehicle behavior at high and ultra-high speeds, Nissan will use the track to research driver behavior, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and other driver support systems. Full photo after the jump...