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).
The initial construction of Ford Lommel Proving Ground (LPG) started in 1964. In September 1965 the site became operational.
In 1970 the construction of the second phase of Ford LPG was kicked off. More land was bought to extend the site and new major tracks were built.
From 1975 till 1998 gradually more facilities were added to the site driven by changing traffic and road conditions, the introduction of new vehicle technologies 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.
From 2008 till 2018, another 44 miljoen Euro was invested in new test tracks and test facilities, workshops and offices. Currently, Ford LPG comprises 100 km of test tracks and the most modern test rigs.