Motoring

FORMER HOLDEN TEST TRACK SOLD

Lang Lang Sold - Photo: Supplied

By Josh Nevett

A piece of Australian motoring history has traded hands, the former Holden Lang Lang test track and proving ground sold by General Motors to Vietnamese automakers VinFast.

US-based GM generated $36.3m from the sale as it continues to reallocate resources in the wake of retiring the iconic Australian brand in 2020.

Given the business of the buyer the site is set to retain its original purpose in the future, used by VinFast to test their own vehicles as well as opening it up to external manufacturers.

The property was put up for sale in the middle of last year after Holden brand operations ceased in February.

Vinfast, who are looking to produce a wide range of road cars as part of their future operations, made the purchase a few months on from this.

The company’s offerings will include both electric and petrol powertrains, in small, mid-sized and SUV body styles.

The test track and proving ground in Victoria’s southeast on the Bass Highway near Phillip Island spans over 877ha.

It includes a high-speed oval for performance testing, a road system combining both sealed and unsealed roads as well as a laboratory.

It was opened in 1957, used to test Holden’s road cars ever since.

The facility received a $16m upgrade to its track and emissions lab in 2018.

GM continues to employ people in Australia under the Holden Aftersales, GM Specialty Vehicles and ACDelco banners.

VinFast opened a research and development center in Melbourne but announced its temporary closure in May.

The Valuer General also reported a secondary major automotive facility sale last year.

Alongside the Holden Lang Lang test facility, Heathcote Park Raceway near Bendigo also found a new owner last year when Melbourne drag racer Lance Warren bought the racetrack.

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