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Our History

Rootes Group purchased the site and it was used for the first time as a vehicle test track.

1972

In 1983, C.Walton Ltd purchased the site from Peugeot. The company remains the owner of Bruntingthorpe today.

1983

5 years later, in 1988, the 4x4 course was constructed to support more advanced vehicle testing.

1988

Caterpillar begin construction of a new test area for their own use which is later renamed as the Rough Terrain Centre

1998

The first set of esses were constructed to add flexibility to track layout.

2000

Bruntingthorpe expanded opportunities on site with the construction of a 0.5km kart track.

2001

2011 saw the construction of our large vehicle durability course.

2011

Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground develops motorway features at 1 mile long

2013

A year later, the motorway feature extended to 2 miles long for enhanced testing. A second set of esses were also constructed to add further flexibility to the track layout.

2014

The Whittle Building is bought from Peugeot and reconstructed trackside to support activities at Bruntingthorpe.

2014

A new global design centre is opened by Royal Enfield motorbikes.

2016

Cox Automotive UK acquires vehicle services provider, C Walton Ltd.

2020

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Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire is the home of Cox Automotive Vehicle Solutions, Manheim Vehicle Services, Manheim Auction Services and Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground. Situated within a 670-acre site, Cox Automotive customers and vehicle manufacturers, finance companies and dealers can access the extensive proving ground facilities at Bruntingthorpe which range from vehicle testing through to vehicle launches, media events and dealer training.

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