New proving ground in North Carolina provides industry
with advanced testing capabilities
Testing Expo, Novi, Michigan, (October 26, 2005) - Today AVRC and
Lotus Engineering announced that they have partnered to design the
Advanced Vehicle Research Center (AVRC) automotive proving grounds in
Located on I-95 in Northampton County, AVRC will feature a
high-speed track, ride and handling track, vehicle dynamics area(s),
advanced emissions laboratory, hydrogen and alternative fuel
refuelling stations, client offices and workshop areas.
"As a leader in vehicle development, Lotus Engineering has the
experience and knowledge to design a test facility with unique
capabilities," said Don Graunstadt, CEO, Lotus Engineering Inc. "We
look forward to providing a resource to the industry that will assist
in the further development and validation of advanced technologies."
The state of North Carolina has an impressive background in
technology development through its strong education system and
initiatives such as the Research Triangle Park near Raleigh, N.C. To
further its commitment, the state has allocated funding for start-up
and development of the AVRC with additional funding from other
institutions and the federal government.
"North Carolina has long been recognized for leadership in
information technology, pharmaceuticals, and medical research" said
Dick Dell, Executive Director of the AVRC, "Supported by pre-eminent
universities in North Carolina and in partnership with the automotive
and transportation industry, we will build a world-class testing and
development center. "
The 630-acre facility will be independently operated with
engineering support available on-site through Lotus Engineering. The
first stage of the AVRC is expected to be operational and available to
industry clients and partners in late 2006.
"As energy issues continue to be a challenge in the U.S., advanced
powertrain research and development are vital to the future of the
automotive industry," said Don Graunstadt. "Having a facility like
AVRC to test technologies such as clean diesel, hydrogen and
hybrid-electric systems in a year-round use environment will be
crucial in overcoming these challenges."