Tyre Testing

Millbrook’s existing tyre testing facilities in the UK are complemented by Test World in Finland, part of Millbrook 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.

The team in Finland is expert 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 year-round testing in winter conditions on natural snow and ice. The surfaces are carefully managed to give excellent test results. From 2018 three new indoor areas are available. They increase the capacity for testing on natural snow and ice and introduce wet and dry braking and aquaplaning. The adjustable temperature and humidity 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 two snow and ice platforms with a maximum combined length of 410m.

Test World has extended the existing indoor snow and ice platform by adding a second area. They are 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 were possible in the original facility.

Wet and dry braking, aquaplaning and split friction

Two new asphalted facilities are situated alongside the snow and ice platforms for performing wet and dry braking and longitudinal aquaplaning tests. They can be operated separately or together  with a combined length of 410m.

These new facilities mean that the site now provides 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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