Track 1: Skidpads – Hydroplaning

Michelin Laurens Proving Grounds Track 1


Track 1 contains two skidpads: B1 which has an asphalt surface, and B2, which is polished concrete. Both are used to test lateral adherence under wet conditions. These hydroplaning tracks are useful not only for development of tires and vehicles, but also for driver training and special events.


  • B1: 390 ft diameter (60 m radius)
  • B2: 790 ft diameter (120 m radius)

Surfaces / Surface Textures (Macro/Micro) / Aggregate

  • B1: Asphalt / Rough/Smooth / Limestone
  • B2: Concrete / Smooth/Smooth / N/A

Usage / Features

  • Hydroplaning (evaluation and driver training)
  • Wet cornering power and handling
  • Water depth sensitivity
  • Standard average water depth for B1 and B2 is
    between 0.5 and 1.0 mm
  • B1: IRI = 73.5 in/mile
  • B2: IRI = 94.3 in/mile
Michelin Laurens Proving Grounds Hydroplaning Demonstration

Contact MLPG for inquiries about track and facility rental.