The Future of
Automotive Testing


New methods. New areas of knowledge. New activity. This is the definition of ‘pioneer,’ and we epitomize it. Routine testing? We have you covered. But what gets our engines going is real R&D — accelerated durability testing, environmental testing, blast testing, testing for amphibious vehicles. Our capabilities are vast, our willingness is unwavering.


Engineering and grey area — sounds like an unlikely pair. But at NATC, the grey area is where we thrive. Our customers come to us with myriad problems (vague to specific, quick-to-solve to crazy challenging) — problems that can only be solved by a curious mind. And we take it from there, making it our job to not only find an answer, but define the question to begin with. From systemic to specific, we relish in the unknown.


The pioneers. The explorers. The question askers. Our kind knows there’s no such thing as a direct path to discovery. Comprehensive services, assets, facilities, and support mean nothing goes uncovered. And in our business, oversights aren’t an option. We take responsibility for delivering useful solutions that are timely and cost effective. Questioning standards instead of seeing them as a blocker — that’s comprehensive.


While we like to take credit where credit is due, we also know that collaboration is key to our success. We don’t subscribe to a traditional “client/vendor” relationship. Our most successful outcomes happen when we work in concert together. Collaboration is the only way we stay on the cutting edge. And once we’re at that edge, we have no qualms about sharing our solutions with the world.

Unique (No, really.)

We’re not frivolous when we say we’re unique — there is no one else like us. What we offer is comprehensive and cutting edge, and where we offer it adds to our individuality. 85% of every type of the world’s terrain is within a 150-mile radius of NATC in Lyon County, Nevada. Paired with our dedicated winter test facility near West Yellowstone, our locations offer projects the best grounds for evaluation. Very few outfits do engineering, fabrication, and testing — and none do it in places like ours.


Testing Solutions

Environmental Tests

NATC offers numerous environmental test facilities for evaluating operability and material properties of vehicles, subsystems, and components in extreme environments.  We have environmental and climatic chambers and years of experience performing standard and customized environmental testing.

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Survivability & Lethality

NATC engages with our military customers and industry to develop, integrate, and evaluate advanced survivability and lethality technologies that address current and future threats. We conduct independent, standardized testing of survivability and lethality solutions, referencing relevant protocols, and we assist our customers in developing their own test regimes to assess and refine their products.

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Tire Testing

NATC is a leader in developmental and production tire testing for use on commercial and military vehicle platforms with a dedicated tire test department.  From motorcycles to passenger cars to trucks to earthmovers and agricultural equipment, we use and develop test methods to evaluate and optimize tire performance over a broad range of on- and off-road conditions including mud, sand, snow, and ice.

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Custom Solutions

Recent Publications

Sime, M., Bailey G., Hajj, E. Y., and Chkaiban, R. (2021). “Impact of Pavement Roughness on Fuel Consumption for a Range of Vehicle Types.” J. Transp. Eng., Part B: Pavements, 2021, 147(3): 04021022.  Sime, M., Bailey G., Hajj, E. Y., and Chkaiban, R. (2020). “Road Load Based Model for

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Headquarters and Main Proving Ground
Nevada Automotive Test Center
P.O. Box 234
Carson City, NV 89702

In Virginia
235 Garrisonville Rd., Suite 201
Stafford, VA 22554

Michigan Support
Detroit, MI