Tyre Testing

Millbrook’s existing tyre testing facilities in the UK are complemented by Test World in Finland, part of Millbrook Group since September 2015. Test World is the premier test facility for winter tyres. Innovative indoor facilities allow testing on natural snow throughout the year.

The teams in Finland and the UK can undertake the full suite of tests necessary during tyre development and tyre certification. With two locations and the indoor facilities at Test World, Millbrook is a one-stop-shop for all tyre tests and has ISO 17025 accreditation for many of them.

The team in Finland are experts at preparing snow and ice tracks. Customers report very high levels of repeatability throughout the testing season.

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Tyre Testing

Controlled conditions and unique, word-class facilities.

Test World has always specialised in tyre testing under winter and summer conditions, throughout the year.

Indoor Facilities: Year-Round Winter Testing

Test World Indoor 1 and 2 are the world's first indoor vehicle and tyre-testing facilities designed for year-round use, resulting in significant savings in overall product development costs.

Indoor facilities enable testing in winter conditions on natural snow and ice. The surfaces are carefully managed to give excellent test results. From spring 2018 three new indoor areas will be available. They will increase the capacity for testing on natural snow and ice and introduce wet and dry braking, aquaplaning and split friction surfaces. The adjustable temperature and humidity will give an advantage to development, certification and labelling testing by allowing greater environmental control.

Testing on snow and ice

For subjective testing, Test World offers a closed-circuit snow handling track measuring 350m x 9m. For objective acceleration and braking work, it offers a snow and ice platform measuring 160m x 16m.

Test World is extending the existing indoor snow and ice platform and adding a second area, giving a maximum combined length of 410m. This will be sufficient to test the largest tyres (C3) used on trucks and buses, as well as to test brakes on passenger cars at higher speeds than possible in the existing facility.

Wet and dry braking, aquaplaning and split friction

Two asphalted facilities are being added alongside the snow and ice platforms for performing wet and dry braking and aquaplaning tests, as well as testing traction on split friction surfaces. They will be operated separately or together with a combined length of 410m.

Once construction is finished, the site will provide the majority of objective tests required by tyre manufacturers on one site, year-round.

Tyre Certification

Test World certify tyres to UN/ECE Regulation 117:

  • Wet grip
  • Snow grip
  • Pass by noise
  • Rolling resistance

Studded Tyre Road Wear Certification is also available.

Testing for Magazines

Test World annually conducts Europe’s most extensive summer and winter tyre tests.

Test selection tailored for magazines and other media has been developed over many years and covers full vehicles and components, from tyres and roof racks to motor oil and child seats.

Facilities include a dynamometer, emission measurement equipment, a cold store and all the equipment required for car performance and handling measurements.


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