Maruti is one company that has been at the forefront of R&D in India. While a lot of work is done in Japan, standards of the R&D in India are rising too. The company has opened a new facilty in Rohtak for their future R&D and will see a total investment of close to Rs 3800 crore by 2019.
This new facility is said to become the most advanced in the whole of Asia. It has been spread across 600 acres and consists of test tracks as well as evaluation labs. There are 31 unique test tracks that occupy 31 kms to replicate real life terrain. This facility has been setup to help develop new models.
The Vitara Brezza was the first vehicle to have engineered ground up using a global platform for the Indian market and the first to have an Indian engineer heading the project. The company plans to have other such models in the future as well and this facility will help in that endeavour. Almost 35% of the engineers at the R&D facility in Maruti have been trained in Suzuki’s Japan facility. The new facility will feature a crash lab as well.
India will see the addition of crash testing as a part of the homologation process from 2017 for new models and 2019 for existing models. The crash test will involve full frontal crash, frontal-offset and side impact test. Currently, the Brezza, the Ignis, Ertiga, Ciaz and the S-Cross meet the safety norms that will come into play by the end of the year.
Both the Ignis and the Brezza got the certification for the crash tests in the Rohtak facility itself. With the coming of the new emission and crash norms, the company hopes that this facility will help them meet those norms with ease.
The proving grounds at the Rohtak facility have a high-speed circuit, ride and handling tracks, gradient tracks, ABS tracks, Endurance track, ISO paved track and special test facilites that can test muddy roads, potholes and salt water roads.