Since 2015, Space Florida—Florida’s aerospace economic development agency—has administered and operated the facility under a three-decade lease from NASA. The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds and other private firms still use it for testing.
Since OEMs, the EPA, and other bodies undertake numerous automobile tests, the corporation collects data for them from zero to 60 (96 kph) mph and up to 300 mph (483 kph), when needed. The letter is of considerable interest to all automotive fans.
Because it’s one of the world’s longest runways at 15k ft (4,600 meters) long and 300 ft (91 meters) wide, they do top-speed testing. The runway surface is a high-friction concrete strip designed to optimize the Space Shuttle’s braking performance, making them difficult!
Run half-mile and full-mile tests using it.
That may explain the sluggish starts of testing vehicles, as their tires and powertrains overcome the high friction coefficient, and the G-force meter’s tendency to detect braking input while accelerating.
First, the Lamborghini Urus super-SUV, with its 641-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The most recent standing mile top speed test featured a red 2022 model year in good company with a Dodge Viper and Porsche.
Unfortunately, this was a single drive to assess if the monstrous CUV is one of the world’s production SUVs, not a drag race. After a long rollout, the powerful Italian car screamed its V8 passed a peaceful Space Shuttle that observed from a safe distance and reached the one-mile (1,609 meters) milestone at over 163 mph (263+ kph)!
That’s not terrible given the recent standing mile test of a white C8 Chevy Corvette Z51, which finished at a little over 169 mph (272+ kph). If you want to learn more about their Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds experiences, the two had half-mile exams.