The main purpose of a proving ground is to move the vehicle testing from the public roads to a controlled and safe testing environment. In that respect the proving ground needs to simulate a wide range of road types and events, all correlated with the customers' usage of the vehicle.
From 1965 to date, all vehicles developed by Ford of Europe have been tested and validated at Ford Lommel Proving Ground (LPG).
Construction of Ford Lommel Proving Ground (LPG) started in 1964. In September 1965 the site became operational.
In 1970 the start signal was given for the construction of the second phase of Ford LPG. More land was bought to extend the site and new major tracks were built.
From 1975 till 1998 gradually more facilities were added driven by changing traffic and road conditions, the introduction of new vehicle technologies triggers and new market and legal requirements.
Since the year 1999, 23 million Euro was invested in additional state-of-the-art testing facilities. A lot of focus was put on the priorities of the Ford brand. Currently, Ford LPG contains 80 kilometers of test tracks supplemented by modern test rigs.
Over the past 40 years, Ford LPG has been the host location for some special events.