OK, maybe there is a good reason to move back to the Illinois. On October 4, the wonderfully insightful city of Naperville opened the gates to the country's first public-private automobile test track. The Test Track, built by the City of Naperville at a cost of $1.5 million, is to be used by 12 local automobile dealerships. It's located on a 9-acre piece of property near Aurora and Ogden Avenues, where many of the city's dealerships are located. The enclosed test-driving facility is illuminated for night operations and includes an asphalt track with the following features:
- A 100-foot-long cobblestone surface to simulate driving on a
- brick road.
- A 10 percent hill climb incline intended to replicate driving on a
- dirt road.
- High bank testing area with a 10 percent cross slope.
- Rough road testing on concrete pavement with embedded boulders.
- Suburban driveway and curb comprised of standard concrete driveway.
- Skid pad area consisting of asphalt pavement, irrigated so that it is constantly wet for wet braking tests.
- Three security/Web cameras used to show activity on the track and allowing for live feeds to participating car dealers.
- A simulated railroad crossing.
Thanks for the tip, Chris!
[Source: The City of Naperville]