Chrysler Technology Center Evaluation Track

Project Highlights:

  • National Quality in Construction Award for “Innovative Use of Asphalt Products” by the National Paving Association
  • Ride quality improvement: 90 percent
  • Custom-designed paver was required to meet the precise speci?cations of track curvature

What We Did

Increasing ride quality was the main goal when repairing the vehicle evaluation track at Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The 1.8-mile track consisted of two straightaways connected by a steering and handling section and two high-slope parabolic return loops, with 31 degrees (60 percent) slopes.

The project required pavement repair of failed areas, cold milling, and installation of a course with variable depth and asphalt wearing material with unique frictional qualities. Specialized equipment on the project included a custom-designed paver using a computer-controlled, high-density parabolic screed, specially designed support equipment to hold paving equipment and asphalt material transfer devices in place for work in high-slope sections, and asphalt rollers equipped with drums shaped to mirror the parabolic curvature of the track.

High-Performance Paving

When millions of dollars are riding on the line, racing bodies and automotive manufacturers alike turn to Ajax Paving. Thanks to our highly experienced crews and the most advanced equipment in the industry, we can meet specifications for consistency to fractions of an inch across miles of track. Ajax Paving is one of two road construction companies in the nation to make the cut by NASCAR®. Their high-power race cars can go over 200 mph, so track surface quality and precision are essential for victory and driver safety. Fans can catch our work on race days at Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Watkins Glen International. Additionally, Ajax is always on the shortlist for precision paving projects for automakers. Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, and Toyota Motor Corporation have all trusted Ajax to help them build proving grounds to test their next generation of cars, trucks, and SUVs.
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