Honda has announced that plans to build its third test course in Japan have been resurrected. Development of the large-scale facility at Sakura – which was to include a high-speed circuit with a 4 km long track – was green-lighted in 2007 and due for completion in 2010, but was shelved in 2008 due to the financial crisis.

The automaker said that the renewal of the plan will also see a modification to both purpose and scale of the project – originally slated to be 195 hectares in size, the new test course will now be approximately 25 ha despite sitting on a 230 ha plot of land, and it will be utilised for the development of advanced safety technologies.

Reports indicate that these will include automatic braking systems, driver assistance devices and various safety technologies. An R&D facility will be located on-site at the Sakura facility, which is expected to be completed in 2015.