The carriage and measuring module were designed in-house and thus include proprietary technology, Mr. Shepler said.
Initially testing will be conducted on dry reference surfaces at controlled ambient temperatures, Camber Ridge said, but the facility is being designed for phased introductions of additional paved surfaces, wet surface testing and other controlled conditions. The track is banked at 1 degree to allow for consistent water depth.
Camber Ridge also has laid a single asphalt strip the length of the building which will serve as a linear friction facility. In addition, there's plenty of space within the structure for other, smaller test sites and for storage of customers' tires.
The company expects to attract business from vehicle and tire makers and government agencies.
David Sokol, CEO and chairman of Teton Capital, added: “Since tires are such an important influence on how cars drive and behave, I believe this could eventually create a paradigm shift in the way modern cars and roadways are designed.”
Teton Capital is a private equity firm with a history of investing in automotive-related industries, as well as banking and consumer products.
Mr. Cuttino holds advanced degrees in engineering from Clemson University and North Carolina State University. He worked for Michelin from 1987-1990 and also has been a professor at the University of Alabama and University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
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