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01-10-2009, 04:27 AM
Detroit Auto Show Basement Turned Into Electric Test Track - Jalopnik (

With every Michigan Hall automaker now sitting pretty on the top floor at Cobo, there's all sorts of room in the convention center's basement. How will the Detroit Auto Show use the space? Test track!...

...The 1/8th mile course was sponsored and built by the Michigan Economic Development Corp and is being named the EcoXperience Test Track. It will allow show-goers to test drive the latest “green” vehicles from manufacturers like Ford and GM along a winding road through a ... forest-like setting. Drivers will be accompanied by a professional driver or a product specialist as they navigate their way to grandmother’s house at ... 10 mph....

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It could have been a barren basement..."This will blow your mind," said the show's senior co-chairman, Joe Serra. "It literally looks like you're in a beautiful forest. It's huge. Trees, waterfalls, brick pavers. This course winds its way through it. It's a way to showcase of what (automakers) currently have to offer and what the future holds."

The list of available vehicles is being finalized, but the selection of six to 12 vehicles includes a hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicle and other hybrids.

"We selected vehicles that have low emissions or zero emissions," said Richard Plyer, the event's executive producer. There will be portable devices monitoring air quality inside Cobo Center, he added.

The test track can accommodate vehicles ranging in size from compacts to full-size hybrid sport utility vehicles...