Millbrook Group, the leading independent vehicle and tyre test, validation and engineering service provider is extending the vehicle testing capabilities at Test World, its proving ground in Northern Finland.
New tracks designed specifically for vehicle testing will be operational from January 2017. They include a high speed circuit, a vehicle dynamics area and a vehicle handling track, all based on compressed snow. Their construction method avoids the negative ‘polishing’ effect typical of lake-based test tracks. The expertly prepared snow tracks are inherently safer, do not suffer from unwanted surface depression, and have a longer operational season. Customers will benefit from the availability of service buildings nearby, from a wide range of accommodation and hospitality options, and from Test World’s legendary customer service.
The new snow oval high speed circuit is 10m wide and 3.1km long. It provides the opportunity to test vehicles in a safe and controlled environment, at continuous, high speeds.
An open expanse of smooth, expertly prepared snow for testing vehicle dynamics and a dedicated 2.3km handling track enable Test World to offer vehicle manufacturers a wide range of procedures for testing safety equipment such as stability control systems. Customers will be able to perform high speed dynamic manoeuvres and test general vehicle handling.
Janne Seurujärvi, managing director of Test World, said: “These new tracks take our facility to another level, enabling us to provide a wider range of services to vehicle manufacturers. We have historically been specialists in winter tyre testing, but can now say we are specialists in winter vehicle testing.”
Test World became part of the Millbrook Group in September 2015. The investment saw Millbrook Group expand its existing portfolio with a move into vehicle and tyre testing in winter conditions. Millbrook Group is now part of the Test and Measurement business segment of Spectris plc, following its acquisition in September 2016.
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