Matthew Hayden, the Australian cricketing legend, is known not only for his exceptional skills on the cricket field but also for his association with Mahindra Australia. As the brand ambassador for Mahindra Australia, Hayden has been actively promoting their vehicles and expressing his admiration for their offerings. Recently, the ace cricketer visited the Mahindra SUV Proving Track in Chennai, where he drove the Mahindra XUV700 and Scorpio-N, sharing his thoughts on this incredible facility.
The video of Matthew Hayden driving the Mahindra SUVs at the Mahindra SUV Proving Track in Chennai has been shared on YouTube by Mahindra Australia on their official channel. It starts with the cricketer introducing the track and then he hops inside an XUV700 to demonstrate the SUV’s highway driving capabilities on the highways section of the track. Following this, he takes on the 43.7-degree parabolic turn in the SUV and mentions that the track also features a circular dynamic platform.
Afterward, the cricketer tests the suspension of the XUV700 by driving it on the suspension testing part of the track. He adds that the track also includes a dry and wet skid pad to test the braking capabilities of the SUVs produced by Mahindra. Lastly, he drives the Mahindra Scorpio-N on the dedicated off-road track and mentions that this off-road course has been well-designed, offering testing capabilities for any type of terrain that might be encountered in the real world.
The Mahindra SUV Proving Track is a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for testing and evaluating Mahindra Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Located in Chennai, India, this 454-acre facility serves as a dedicated testing ground for Mahindra’s SUV lineup and plays a crucial role in ensuring the performance, safety, and durability of their vehicles. The proving track encompasses a vast area and features a diverse range of testing facilities and terrains. The track is used to measure the capabilities of Mahindra SUVs, and the following are the parts of the track that provide the company with all the required data for their vehicles.
Test Track Layout: The proving track consists of a meticulously designed layout with various sections and configurations that simulate real-world driving scenarios. It includes straight stretches, curves, banking sections, and elevation changes to evaluate vehicle dynamics, handling, stability, and suspension performance.
High-Speed Track: This segment of the track is specifically designed to test the high-speed capabilities of the SUVs. It features long straights and wide curves, allowing engineers to assess the vehicle’s stability, aerodynamics, braking performance, and overall handling at higher speeds.
Off-Road Course: The off-road course is a challenging section that replicates demanding off-road conditions. It includes rugged terrain, steep inclines, deep water crossings, rock crawls, and uneven surfaces. This area enables Mahindra engineers to test the SUV’s traction, ground clearance, suspension articulation, four-wheel drive system, and other off-road capabilities.
Durability Track: The durability track is designed to subject the SUVs to rigorous testing over extended periods. It consists of rough surfaces, potholes, and simulated road irregularities to evaluate the vehicle’s durability, reliability, and long-term performance.
Handling Circuit: The handling circuit is a specialized course that focuses on assessing the vehicle’s cornering abilities, maneuverability, and overall handling dynamics. It includes a combination of tight turns, slalom sections, and chicanes to simulate different driving conditions and evaluate the SUV’s responsiveness and agility.
Braking Zone: This designated area is dedicated to evaluating the braking performance of the SUVs. It consists of various surfaces and conditions to test the effectiveness of the braking system, including emergency braking, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) functionality, and brake balance.
Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) Facility: The NVH facility is equipped with specialized equipment to measure and analyze the noise, vibration, and harshness levels produced by the SUVs. This allows engineers to identify and address any unwanted noises, vibrations, or discomfort within the vehicle.
Climate Chamber: The climate chamber is a controlled environment that enables testing under extreme weather conditions. It can simulate high temperatures, extreme cold, humidity, and other climate factors, ensuring that the SUVs can perform optimally in different weather environments.
Crash Testing Facility: The proving track also includes a dedicated crash testing facility to assess the safety performance of Mahindra SUVs. This facility allows for controlled collisions to evaluate the structural integrity, occupant protection, and safety features of the vehicles.