In a previous report, we’ve touched on Toyota’s bid to replicate the infamous Nürburgring Nordschliefe on their own home ground. Seeing as they literally have a whole city dedicated to building their vehicles, Toyota was able to secure 650 hectares worth of land to use for a test track that will supposedly mimic the grueling corners and surface of the Green Hell. While our initial report only covered the 5.3km track they were supposedly working on, it seems that Toyota have grander things planned: a longer version of the circuit that cuts through the mountainside and around several towns.
That’s right. Built into their network of test circuits will be a junction that further rings true to the vibe of the Nürburgring’s northern loop. According to Toyota, the track is “Based on long experience of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is famous throughout the world for its grueling driving conditions.” The test course will have roughly 75 meters worth of elevation changes and is set to utilize the local topography in Aichi prefecture to further bring the vibe of the Nordschliefe back home to Japan. We’ll likely see a ton of trees on both sides of the circuit for roughly 70% of the circuit, according to Toyota.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City, Okazaki City, and above all, to the local resident of Shimoyama for their invaluable assistance, consideration, and cooperation over a long period of time from concept stage to the building of Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama.” Said Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s President whose penchant for taking his products racing on the Nürburging may have spurred this project into fruition.
No exact details of the total length of the circuit have been released, nor any plans to open the circuit to the public (a highly unlikely circumstance). We are however expected to see the track completed by 2023, and hopefully, the folks from Polyphony Digital can map it out on Gran Turismo for all to enjoy.