Toyota has decided to build their very own £2.1 billion Nürburgring-like testing facility just down the road from its head office in Japan.
The mountainous region of Japan called, Aichi, is the location for Toyota's new development. Situated 30-minutes from its head office in Toyota City, it already has a 3.3-mile long Nürburgring inspired section flowing along the contours of the terrain, with a change in elevation of 75 meters.
The rest of the facility is expected to be completed around 2023 and will include a high-speed testing section and vehicle development areas, these will represent a variety of road conditions from regions around the globe.
Although not be as long as the Nürburgring, it's certainly good enough to put the goods produced by the sixth largest company on Earth to the test. 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.” And that includes the move towards electrification and autonomy.
The Japanese company has designed the facility with the conservation of the surrounding environment in mind. They aim to have as little an impact on the area as possible. In fact, 70 per cent of the total site consists of trees and greenery preserved during construction.
Not only are they taking care of the environment but Toyota's testing facility will create an estimated 3,300 jobs when complete. A fair whack more than the roughly 50 that work there currently.