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    Thread: Massive Test Track in Arizona Desert near Phoenix?

    1. Member windycityvdub's Avatar
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      08-05-2009 01:15 PM #1
      I'm going to Arizona for the first time in October, and was just browsing google maps when I found this:

      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=...&z=13

      It appears to be a massive test track/proving ground, but it is easily twice the size of the nearby Volvo one:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=...&z=15

      That Volvo facility looks amazing, all the testing tracks and the 2.15 mile straight away looks fun.

      But, it's dwarfed by the almost 4 mile wide track about 15 miles to the west...what it is?

      Edit: The track is exactly 10 miles all the way around.


      Modified by windycityvdub at 12:17 PM 8-5-2009


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      08-05-2009 01:18 PM #2
      I believe Nissan has a facility in AZ.
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    3. 08-05-2009 01:20 PM #3
      Those are pretty cool... but what in the hell is this?

      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=...&z=14

      Edit - oh:
      http://members.tripod.com/airf...itman


      Modified by Samson at 12:23 PM 8-5-2009


    4. 08-05-2009 01:22 PM #4
      its race wars, duh.

    5. 08-05-2009 01:35 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by windycityvdub »
      I'm going to Arizona for the first time in October, and was just browsing google maps when I found this:

      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=...&z=13

      It appears to be a massive test track/proving ground, but it is easily twice the size of the nearby Volvo one:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=...&z=15

      That Volvo facility looks amazing, all the testing tracks and the 2.15 mile straight away looks fun.

      But, it's dwarfed by the almost 4 mile wide track about 15 miles to the west...what it is?

      Edit: The track is exactly 10 miles all the way around.


      Modified by windycityvdub at 12:17 PM 8-5-2009

      I believe the second one is the Chrysler one.

      Nissan's is south of Maricopa, AZ which is south of Phoenix

      http://maps.google.com/maps?so...&z=14

      VW's is just to the northeast of Nissan's.

      GM's massive one that is closing is here

      http://maps.google.com/maps?q=...&z=14


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      08-05-2009 01:39 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by windycityvdub »
      I'm going to Arizona for the first time in October, and was just browsing google maps when I found this:

      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=...&z=13

      It appears to be a massive test track/proving ground, but it is easily twice the size of the nearby Volvo one:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=...&z=15

      That Volvo facility looks amazing, all the testing tracks and the 2.15 mile straight away looks fun.

      But, it's dwarfed by the almost 4 mile wide track about 15 miles to the west...what it is?

      Edit: The track is exactly 10 miles all the way around.


      Modified by windycityvdub at 12:17 PM 8-5-2009

      This is Toyota's proving grounds I believe

      http://images.google.com/imgre...%3Den




      Modified by audi80Quattro at 1:42 PM 8-5-2009


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      08-05-2009 01:39 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by dunskiii »

      GM's massive one that is closing is here

      http://maps.google.com/maps?q=...&z=14

      Jesus. "Massive" doesn't begin to describe it.

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      08-05-2009 02:12 PM #8
      This thread has potential! Very cool sites...I love AZ for the massive amounts of abandoned stuff out in the middle of nowhere.

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      08-05-2009 02:25 PM #9
      I think this one is VW's. Or is it Nissan's

      http://maps.google.com/maps?q=...yer=t

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    10. 08-05-2009 02:33 PM #10
      Ford has a big test track outside of Yucca, on the I-40. I'm on a phone here so no link, but if you trace the I-40 east from Needles AZ, you see it just past the border.

      Flew down the V-12 all the time in small planes, and flew near it often. Cool to see from the air.


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      08-05-2009 02:44 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by audi80Quattro »

      This is Toyota's proving grounds I believe

      http://images.google.com/imgre...%3Den


      Modified by audi80Quattro at 1:42 PM 8-5-2009

      Correct, it is indeed Toyota's.
      It has the largest oval track in the world:
      http://www.canadiandriver.com/...s.htm


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      08-05-2009 02:51 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by mynameisphunk »
      This thread has potential! Very cool sites...I love AZ for the massive amounts of abandoned stuff out in the middle of nowhere.

      I don't know if it was on here, but on some site there was a great thread about people visiting "ghost" communities, where the roads are all laid out, but abandoned/undeveloped.

      Like:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?hl...&z=15

      what initially drew me to the large track:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?hl...&z=13

      this is weird:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?hl...&z=14


    13. 08-05-2009 02:55 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by windycityvdub »

      Correct, it is indeed Toyota's.
      It has the largest oval track in the world:
      http://www.canadiandriver.com/...s.htm

      If the oval was smaller Toyota test engineers would be required to turn the steering wheel more than 1 degree and we might end up with a fun-to-drive car from them.


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      08-05-2009 02:58 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Brian_B »

      If the oval was smaller Toyota test engineers would be required to turn the steering wheel more than 1 degree and we might end up with a fun-to-drive car from them.

      well done


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      08-05-2009 03:04 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by windycityvdub »

      I don't know if it was on here, but on some site there was a great thread about people visiting "ghost" communities, where the roads are all laid out, but abandoned/undeveloped.

      Like:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?hl...&z=15

      what initially drew me to the large track:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?hl...&z=13

      this is weird:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?hl...&z=14

      Yep, there was a thread about it, but not showing people actually VISITING these places. I should have when I was out there for work...I'd be curious to see if there are any signs listing the developer, or plans for the development, etc.... or if it's just wide open dirt roads, a remnant of the housing boom and overoptimistic development.


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      08-05-2009 03:32 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by mynameisphunk »

      Yep, there was a thread about it, but not showing people actually VISITING these places. I should have when I was out there for work...I'd be curious to see if there are any signs listing the developer, or plans for the development, etc.... or if it's just wide open dirt roads, a remnant of the housing boom and overoptimistic development.

      Oh! So where is that thread? Seems very interesting.


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      08-05-2009 03:35 PM #17
      No clue - it's been a long time.

    18. 08-05-2009 03:41 PM #18
      [QUOTE=windycityvdub]

      I don't know if it was on here, but on some site there was a great thread about people visiting "ghost" communities, where the roads are all laid out, but abandoned/undeveloped.

      Like:
      http://maps.google.com/maps?hl...&z=15

      Those streets appear to have been recorded with the subdivion plat, but never built. They exist on paper only. Too bad, it would make a fun place to drive.


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      08-05-2009 03:44 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by kayaker10 »
      [QUOTE=windycityvdub]

      Those streets appear to have been recorded with the subdivion plat, but never built. They exist on paper only. Too bad, it would make a fun place to drive.

      On that one, yes - on his third link, the roads had actually been graded (not paved) - you can see them with the overlays turned off. There were plenty of other areas like that as well in that last thread.


    20. 08-05-2009 03:47 PM #20
      2 MILE LONG STRAIGHT AWAYS

    21. 08-05-2009 03:50 PM #21
      Saw the GM facility while flying into Detroit. It is MASSIVE

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      08-05-2009 04:00 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Brian_B »

      If the oval was smaller Toyota test engineers would be required to turn the steering wheel more than 1 degree and we might end up with a fun-to-drive car from them.

      Zing!

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    23. 08-05-2009 10:56 PM #23
      I've driven by Nissans several times while on duty...it has high berms surrounding it with barbed wire etc.

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