New Zealand Test Track Takes Shape

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New Zealand test track uses compound asphalt overlays to resist cracking

Sports car manufacturer improves proving ground facility with new geometry and surface covering

Single seat performance motor manufacturer, Rodin Cars, has completed a substantial upgrade to its dedicated test tracks with a full track resurface and the addition of a challenging 130-metre radius corner. Similar to Suzuka’s famous 130R corner, Rodin’s new section offers users a blend of fast straights, tight and technical chicanes and now a long sweeping left-hand corner that’ll test both driver and vehicle.

Rodin’s test track was designed by Rodin Cars founder David Dicker, who explains, “I created something, which is exciting, challenging and exhilarating. I laid out what I thought would be testing for both the car and driver.”

The test track facility is divided into three stages. Stage 1 consists of a 30m radius skid-pad used to fine-tune the balance of a car’s handling. The second stage is an undulating 2,350m 12-turn circuit of dips, blind crests and varying cambers. Finally, Stage 3 is made up of a fast, flat and deceptively challenging 2,438m circuit of seven turns and a 900m straight upon which the Rodin FZED has achieved speeds approaching 300km/h. Stage 2 has now been widened to 10m.

Alongside the widening of the lower part of the track, the entire length of both tracks has been resurfaced. To ensure the existing track would not crack or move once a new layer of asphalt was overlaid, a bespoke combination of HaTelit C and HaTelit XP and a 40mm AC10 asphalt overlay was used. These materials were specially imported from Germany and the Rodin project marks one of the largest uses of these advanced materials in New Zealand.

Adjacent the test track itself is Rodin’s development facility, which includes a fully-equipped race centre boasting a complete range of telematic and data analysis programmes. This data allows the Rodin team to fine-tune each car along with detailed performance data.

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