Ladoux

Ladoux

The proving ground at Ladoux is located at the Michelin Technology Centre, 10 km north of the Michelin head offices in Clermont-Ferrand (in the centre of France).


The site covers 450 ha.

20 test tracks, 45 km long in total, for grip tests on wet or dry surfaces, handling tests, noise tests, comfort, etc.
Logistics: Recharge bay for electric vehicles, wash station, unloading ramp for vehicles, secure buildings

NEW: Michelin has recently equipped its proving ground with Fast Charging Station.

- Modular system, charging powers available from 175kw up to 350kW

- Additional charging points possibilities in the future

- Suited for current and next generation Evs

- Located nearby the workshops and dry & wet handling tracks

20190722 Station électrique Ladoux ©FL D3 WA (11)

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Test tracks Ladoux, France

High speed track

High speed track

  • Length: 7800 m
  • Width: 8-11.5 km
  • Banked turns (neutral speed of 100 km/h)
  • Straight: 1500 m
  • Standard motorway surface
  • Speed up to 250 km/h (more according to test conditions)

Dry handling track

Dry handling track

  • Length: 2770 m
  • Width: 8 m
  • Various corners with radii from 30m to 240m
  • Standard road surface

Dry dynamic platform

Dry dynamic platform

  • Length: 600 m
  • Width: 25 m
  • Gradient of 0.5 % to 2 %
  • Max track speed of 200 km/h
  • Standard motorway surface

Wet handling track

Wet handling track

  • Overall length of 4100 meters
  • 7 to 9 meters wide
  • Automatic sprinkling
  • Water depth of 1 mm
  • Standard road-type surface
  • An inner course with a series of bends from 20 m to 100 m
  • A deceleration section with three pairs of symmetrical left/right turns (90 m, 80 m, 70 m)

Wet dynamic skidpad

Wet dynamic skidpad

  • Round skidpad of 120 m Ø
  • Automatic watering
  • Several concentric paths with a radius of up to 50 m
  • Surface: concrete with various levels of grip

Wet handling rings

Wet handling rings

  • Radius: 36 m (wet/paving stones)
  • Radius: 42 m (water depth of 1 mm/asphaltic concrete surface)
  • Radius: 110 m (water depth of 1 mm/polished concrete)
  • Radius: 118 m (pool of water on bend/water depth of 8 mm)
  • Automatic watering
  • Water depth of 2 mm - 8 mm
  • Surface: polished concrete, paving stones, asphalt concrete
  • A curved pool of water for lateral hydroplaning tests (depth : 8 mm)

Noise and comfort

Noise and comfort

  • 600 meters long excluding acceleration lane (2,200 meters in total)
  • Width: 18 m
  • Simulated road obstacles (representative of driving on European roads)
  • Surface: Single layer coat gritting 6/10

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