GM continues to expand its operations in Canada, and has just completed work on the Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track in Oshawa – near GM’s Oshawa plant.
The four-lane, oval-shaped track will allow the automaker to test advanced technology and vehicle software for endless kilometres at speeds from 60 km/h to 100 km/h (about 40 to 60 mph). GM will use the new $170 million ($133 million U.S.) test track to develop advanced technologies for electric and self-driving vehicles.
The 55-acre test site is in addition to technology campuses in Markham and Oshawa, and its cold-weather testing operation at Kapuskasing Proving Grounds in northern Ontario.
“Canada has become the ideal place for GM to expand its engineering work for the future, and the opening of the CTC McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track will take that work even further,” said Scott Bell, GM Canada president. “We’re excited for the next big step forward in advanced technology development and testing – right here in Oshawa.”
The test track’s name is a reference to GM Canada’s history – Samuel McLaughlin, who founded the McLaughlin Motor Car Company in 1907, which in turn evolved into General Motors of Canada.
Although the track is open now – however, pandemic restrictions mean GM is holding off on an official ceremony until later this spring.
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