Thanks to the recent expansion, Test World has become the first in the industry to offer testing on natural snow, ice and wet and dry asphalt in one location, 365 days a year. It now offers 1.6km (1 mile) of indoor test tracks, allowing speeds in excess of 100km/h, with independent control of surface temperature and air temperature.
The indoor winter test facilities at Test World consist of:
..all expertly managed by Test World’s team to provide the highest quality of tests.
The indoor infrastructure offers tyre and vehicle manufacturers:
In addition, Test World offers:
Winter Tyre Testing
New wet and dry indoor asphalt test tracks are now available for tyre testing, including studded tyres.
Development and benchmarking tests carried out at Test World include:
Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Cold Weather Testing
Cold conditions pose a particular challenge to the electric powertrain including the electric motor, high-voltage battery and the thermal management system. Instead of waiting for the weather to change, customers can use the indoor facilities to test their vehicles under the desired conditions, 365 days a year.
The extended indoor snow and ice platforms and the newly-opened indoor asphalt track provide vehicle manufacturers with facilities ideal for cold-weather driven tests. Continuous running is possible using the indoor handling track.
With controlled environmental chambers operating down to -40°C, and the temperature of the indoor facilities as low as -13°C, performance and range measurements from a cold start can be assessed under a range of controlled and repeatable conditions. The indoor facilities allow vehicles to be driven through prescribed drive cycles at speed.
By varying the controlled conditions indoors, the effectiveness of battery thermal management systems and the effect of temperature on range and performance can be measured under a range of low ambient temperature scenarios. Customers can also optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of cabin and battery heating systems using the facilities.
Customers can calibrate the traction control system under low to medium speeds, including optimisation of the traction control during EV regeneration to avoid wheel lock on low mu surfaces. For parallel hybrid systems, driving on low and high mu surfaces, the transition between pure electric drive and the ICE drive can be calibrated to achieve a smooth transition.
Tyre Certification and Tyre Labelling
Brand new indoor wet grip surface at Test World conforms to the requirements of UN/ECE Regulation No 117 (R117).
Test World makes testing tyres simple and efficient. It has all the necessary facilities, equipment and support for grip/traction and braking tests on snow, ice and wet and dry asphalt surfaces. They are available simultaneously, 365 days a year, in one location, for development, certification and labelling. In addition, Test World offers tyre noise testing at its sister facility, Millbrook Proving Ground, in the UK. The pass-by noise test track and surface at Millbrook is ISO 10844:2014 certified.
Test World now offers:
*These tests can be carried out throughout the year using indoor facilities
Alex Burns, President of Millbrook, said:
“We are delighted to be opening this outstanding new facility. It demonstrates our commitment to find new ways to reduce the cost of testing for our customers and to help them to get their products to market more quickly. The indoor R117-certified wet braking area is a particularly significant step forward."
Frits van der Steege of Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Europe GmbH said:
“The Test World Indoor Facility allows Kenda to do affordable winter testing in the summer months. This has the advantage of shortening development cycles, therefore getting our products to market in a shorter time.”
Jean-Marie Vespasien, Tuning Engineering Leader, Renault said:
“Getting a first assessment of drivability, overall system performance and gearshift quality in cold conditions for our new powertrain while meeting project schedule was a quite complex equation to solve. Test World indoor facilities are a very practical solution for dynamic powertrain evaluations when winter season is over. The team was also very thankful to Test World’s personnel who was very supportive all along our stay.”
Janne Seurujärvi, Managing Director of Test World, said:
“This latest expansion is a testament to all the hard work that our teams at Test World and Millbrook have put into answering the needs of the industries we serve. Our customers need controlled, reliable test conditions throughout the year for development, certification and labelling, in one convenient location. We strive to make this a reality.”
Alexander Schlemmer of Apollo Tyres said:
“For our objective snow testing it is necessary to have constant weather and temperature conditions. This is provided at Test World’s indoor facility. Also the indoor handling track is very useful, it allows parallel tests, objective and subjective. The skilled maintenance personnel take care that the track surface has always constant preparation conditions. The complete support is very customer-oriented. But the main thing is, that it´s possible to test on snow during the whole year, even in the summer time. This allows a fast winter tyre development.”
Representative for ADAC said:
“In 2016 we moved our snow testing from the Swiss Alps to Test World’s Mellatracks. We’re very satisfied with the tracks and the customer oriented, flexible service. On Mellatracks we improved our testing quality and efficiency.”
Test World is based in Northern Finland and specialises in vehicle and tyre testing in winter conditions.
It offers extensive snow and ice tracks and the world’s first indoor winter test facilities. From April 2018, three new indoor areas started coming online. They will increase the capacity for testing on natural snow and ice and introduce wet and dry braking and aquaplaning surfaces.
Test World manages the tracks to give consistent, repeatable results that are highly valued by tyre and passenger car test teams alike. Customers 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.
Test World is part of Millbrook.
Tire Industry Supplier of the Year
Millbrook provides vehicle test and validation services and systems to customers in the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical and defence industries. It is independent and impartial in everything it does.
It has a range of test facilities for components and full vehicles. These include varied indoor and outdoor test tracks in the UK and Northern Finland, engine dynamometers, environmental chambers, e-motor and e-axle test cells, structural test laboratories, crash laboratories, interior systems laboratories, battery test facilities and advanced emissions chassis dynamometers.
Millbrook designs, builds, installs, and services dynamometer test systems and an associated data acquisition and control system.
Millbrook’s employees are passionate about safety, customer service and technical excellence, making them ideal partners at any stage in the development and launch of the vehicles of tomorrow.
Millbrook is part of Spectris plc