Honda has announced the opening of its R&D Asia Pacific Prachinburi proving ground in Thailand, its first outside Japan and the United States. Located at Rojana Industrial Park, Prachinburi province, the comprehensive vehicle test course has been specially designed to cater for development work in the Asia & Oceania region.

The 800,000 sq metre facility has eight test courses to simulate various road conditions and terrains, offering the capability to run handling, stability and overall performance tests for both automobiles and motorcycles.

The various courses have a total combined length of around eight km, and include a 2.18 km-long oval, a 1.38 km-long winding road course incorporating 17 turns with varying elevation points and blind spots as well as a vehicle dynamic evaluation area. The other test areas offer wet surface testing, ride performance evaluation on different road surfaces and slope/straight courses.

The company says that the Prachinburi proving ground, developed at a cost of 1.7 billion baht (RM217.5 million), is also expected to be used to test models for other regions in the future. Even its lawns will be put to good use, being called on to test Honda’s lawn care products.