Navistar Opens Proving Grounds to Test Commercial Trucks
Navistar, Inc., Lisle, Ill., opened the Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Ind., designed to test the company’s entire portfolio of products, including Class 5-8 commercial trucks, school buses and military vehicles. Recently purchased from Robert Bosch LLC, the 668-acre site includes a 3-mile paved and banked oval with several additional testing capabilities, such as:
- Brake testing for infrastructure, complete instrumentation and computerized data acquisition.
- Structural durability testing/accelerated mile accumulation with road profile capability using accelerometer, strain gage data and multiple road surfaces, including chatter, impact, cobblestone, undulating, resonance road surfaces, high-speed oval, gravel, body/chassis twist event and off- road surfaces.
- Specialized testing such as vehicle noise and handling, center of gravity, rollover and roof crush testing, grade-ability up to 60%, traction control and powertrain durability, among others.
"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," says Bill Kozek, president. "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 firsthand."