It’s a series of celebrations for General Motors’ Opel division. Coming off the 50 year anniversary of its Kaiserslautern manufacturing facility, Opel is ready to mark another historic date.
The brand will celebrate 50 years of vehicle testing at the Dudenhofen proving grounds, which opened in 1966, and has been quality testing vehicles ever since. To mark the occasion, Opel will hold an open house to showcase the facility’s features.
The 20.5-mile course combines various street and road sections, showing no mercy to test subject vehicles. The 3.1-mile high-speed circuit features a 33-degree embankment, used to test and hone steering and cornering precision, the skidpad provides a place to test braking feel and slingshot and slaloms, along with a watering system, help further push the engineering envelope.
When a new vehicle enters Dudenhofen, it’s in for rigorous testing, equivalent to 124,274-miles, or 15 years, of road testing. Opel certainly does not mess around.
In 2013, Opel made its most recent investment to the proving grounds in a high two-digit figure in the area located to the southeast of Frankfurt with almost 40-miles of test tracks by 2020. Active safety will also be a priority, too, with investments to continue testing and engineering safety features for the future.
Opel invites fans to the Dudenhofen proving grounds on September 10 for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on to ensure quality for years to come on each of its vehicles.