Maxxis has invested approximately US $150 million in its new test track which took several years to plan and construct.
Opened in 2012 in Kunshan near Shanghai, Maxxis has opened one of only a select few privately owned proving grounds in China. This rigorous testing operation promotes Maxxis’ growing relationships with major automakers.
Other Maxxis state-of-the-art R&D equipment includes the MTS Flat Trac III highway speed uniformity machines and acoustic booths equipped with STSF software to look at the sound mapping characteristics of the tires.
1. HIGH-SPEED TRACK
Total Length 4.5km. 3 lane banked section with 12m wide and 6m high curved ramp
Designed so vehicles can maintain a speed of up to 230km/hr (143mph) without decelerating on the banked sections
High-performance tires must be tested at speed
2. GENERAL PERFORMANCE TEST COURSE
Total Length 1.2km at a width of 40m
The 40m width allows evaluation of high-speed lane changes and slalom handling. The General performance test course interconnects with the High-Speed Track to test handling at higher speeds
3. BRAKE PERFORMANCE TEST COURSE
Total length 1.2km. Includes 200m of test area
The friction coefficient of the track surface in the test area range from 0.2 to 0.8
The low friction coefficient course simulates snow/ice conditions. It is also used to tweak ABS performance
4. ISO NOISE TEST COURSE
Design of the test course and pavement area complies with international standards.
5. N.V.H. TEST COURSE (NOISE VIBRATION & HANDLING)
This testing course has eight different wavy road surface designs with single or continuous waves and various amplitudes
This course evaluates tires and vehicles suspension systems’ ability to dampen and absorb noise and vibration
The course also features road surfaces with five different degrees of roughness to evaluate the noise spectrum from the tire and vehicle at various frequencies
6. WET HANDLING PERFORMANCE TEST COURSE
Total Length 1.4km
Simulates wet conditions to test wet traction and water dispersal performance
Water film depth can be adjusted up to 10mm to evaluate hydroplaning dynamics in longitudinal and transverse directions
7. DRY HANDLING PERFORMANCE TEST COURSE
Total Length 2.5km
Designed with different curves for evaluation of cornering at various speeds. This course also tests for vehicle stability under dynamic handling maneuvers such as braking, cornering, acceleration, and deceleration
8. DRY SKID PAN
Provides ideal flat pavement conditions for the evaluation of the dynamic performance of tires and vehicles especially in aggressive handling
State of the art detection instruments are used to examine the stability of tire and vehicle
9. WET SKID PAN
6 different road surfaces with various friction coefficients
Sprinkler systems automatically operated to produce uniform water film on pan surface
State of the art detection instruments are used to examine the stability of tire and vehicle in wet and slippery conditions
10. GENERAL DURABILITY PERFORMANCE TEST COURSE
Radius 4600m with a width of 7m
Two tracks with nine different texture surfaces allow evaluation of tire and vehicle suspension systems under the impact of harsh road surfaces
11. HYDROPLANING TEST AREA
This area features a high-speed camera capable of 5000 exposures per second. It is installed in an underground pit covered with tempered glass. Images are captured of water channeling through tread patterns to evaluate tire performance when hydroplaning
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