The Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC) is an independent
test and evaluation, research and development facility located 30 miles east of
Carson City, Nevada. NATC utilizes land and water areas totaling approximately
one million acres.
Although primarily dedicated to ground vehicle systems, NATC
conducts vehicle component evaluations and certifications, and weapons systems
and ammunition tests. Since its founding in 1957, NATC has continuously served
commercial, federal and defense organizations in both domestic and international
arenas. Throughout the years, NATC has contributed to the development of wheeled
and tracked vehicle systems. NATC has logged more than 40 million vehicle test
miles and evaluated more than 1,000 different vehicle systems from passenger
cars to Class 8 trucks to earth moving and agricultural equipment along with
some three hundred trailer systems.
To improve support to our customers on the East Coast, NATC has established an office in Quantico, Virginia. Our office in Virginia provides engineering services. Our dedicated
winter test facility near West Yellowstone, Montana provides seasonal severe low temperature, snow and ice environments for vehicle and component evaluations. NATC's dedicated fabrication facility in Carson City, Nevada (NFAST) is equipped and staffed to provide complete prototype fabrication and modification for all types of ground vehicle systems. Our Westrack facility provides an evaluation area for
Intelligent Vehicle Systems and full support for driverless vehicle technology.
On-site resources at NATC’s Nevada proving ground include
three full size vehicle environmental test chambers and two component-size
chambers including one for fungus; a railroad
transportability test area; an
EMC/EMI test range; skid pads for
vehicle dynamics evaluations; a large tilt
table; established slopes, fording pits, and obstacles;
fabrication and repair
facilities including engine and electronic system rebuild; approximately 3,000
miles of test courses; and on-site ranges for direct-fire weapons systems.
The NATC facility is situated in a rural portion of northern
Nevada, but it has access to all major transport systems. Rail and air cargo
facilities are located within 60 miles at Reno, Nevada.
Standard engineering and testing services include translation
of customer needs into specific performance requirements, followed by
development of the test criteria and scheduling of associated
facilities, ranges, and
instrumentation to best satisfy these requirements. NATC
provides support during the development of requirements and standards to verify
performance, and the bulk of testing at NATC is on prototype and developmental
NATC recognizes the need for a broad range of services
immediately available at one location. From structural analysis to prototype
fabrication to production hardware certification, NATC meets these needs
throughout the entire vehicle development cycle. NATC combines more than 40
years of ground vehicle system development and test experience with analytical
testing and practical real-world solutions to create tailored test programs.