What We Offer

  • Flexible scheduling and fast turnaround for testing of wide ranges of products and components
  • Accelerated structural and powertrain durability, mileage accumulation and fuel economy testing
  • Event staging, product presentations, ride and drives

Supported Vehicles

  • Passenger cars, light trucks and SUVs
  • Trailers, buses, motor coaches and RVs
  • Medium and heavy trucks and tractors
  • Off-road/off-highway vehicles
  • Ambulances, military vehicles, etc.
  • Electric powered vehicles (EV’s)
  • Alternative fuel powered vehicles (CNG, Hydrogen, Propane, etc.)


Our facility is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. We operate three shifts daily.


For rates and other information, please contact us.

History of the New Carlisle Proving Grounds

In the early 1960s, Bendix Corporation became aware of the competitive advantage that a private test facility could provide a supplier to the automotive industry. In December 1963, the Studebaker Corporation, which originally constructed the proving grounds in 1926, shut down production in South Bend, Indiana. After a three-year lease arrangement, Bendix purchased the proving grounds in 1966. The Bendix Corporation, under a merger, became part of Allied Corporation, which later became AlliedSignal, Inc. In 1996, Robert Bosch GmbH of Stuttgart, Germany, purchased AlliedSignal’s worldwide automotive brake business, including the proving grounds. Over the years, outside customer sales continued to increase. In 2015, Navistar bought the proving grounds from Bosch. Navistar is a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines. Wherever ingenuity drives global markets, you'll find Navistar taking the lead.

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