July 31, 2003
Jaguar opens new test facility at Nurburgring, Germany
Nurburgring, Germany – Although Formula One deserted the Nurburgring track at the end of 1976, the Nurburgring has in recent times come to be used as a proving ground for the automobile industry and is now renowned as much as a high speed test track as it is a classic motor sporting venue.
For the last three years, Jaguar has leased a small workshop a couple of miles away from the circuit. Now, they have moved to a larger, 6,000 sq metre purpose-built facility closer to the track. The new Test Centre building houses several workshops with a total of eight lifting platforms and 20 computer terminals. The design of the entrance and the hall in the middle of the building allows a large truck to enter and unload its cargo behind closed gates. The Test Centre also incorporates a separate conference and training room, a restaurant and a presentation room.
Facility Director, Wolfgang Schuhbauer, says of the qualities of the new facility: “The unique Nordschleife is the perfect place for preparing a dynamic and sporty car like a Jaguar for ‘real life’. But while the track is undoubedly a special place, driving round and round would be of little benefit without the technical infrastructure to interpret what you learn. Jaguar already has a successful relationship with the N