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On Vehicle Winter Testing
ABC News Special Report: Tips for Safe Winter Driving
Recently, ABC News and Ford utilized the Smithers Rapra winter testing track to illustrate safe winter driving tips. This video also features the many different track types available at our Michigan site. Click to view the video.
March 4, 2014 -- YAHOO! Power Players -- ABC News
Engineering concepts and theories will always remain just that until tested in real world conditions. This is especially true in the transportation industry, where it is critical that the design and performance of vehicles and their components be evaluated and verified through testing that duplicates conditions encountered in actual use. Smithers Winter Test Center can fulfill an almost unlimited array of winter testing needs.
Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Smithers Winter Test Center (SWTC) is ideal for testing and conducting performance evaluations of vehicles, tires and components under the special challenges of extreme cold and hazardous road conditions. This facility is ideal for testing a variety of vehicle types ranging from small automobiles to Class 8 trucks, vehicle components (both OE and aftermarket), snow handling equipment, construction equipment, recreational and seasonal sport vehicles and military equipment.
Winter Track Durability Testing
The SWTC is well suited to evaluate a wide variety of vehicles and vehicle components. Some of the component durability evaluations that have been conducted at SWTC include:
- Tire Performance
- Powertrain Performance
- Fuel Systems
- Power Steering Systems
- Antilock Brakes
- Cold-start Testing
Spin-Up Traction and Brake Testing
The team at Smithers Rapra is able to conduct a wide variety of passenger and truck traction and braking tests to industry standards or can provide facilities for companies to perform their own tests. Our passenger traction track is ISO 17025 accredited for ASTM F1805 testing.
About the Smithers Winter Test Center
The SWTC is located in Raco, MI (about 25 miles southwest of Sault-Ste. Marie) and features over 750 acres of snow, ice (approximately 40 acres) and bare pavement surfaces. It is staffed by more than 40 employees proficient in creating and maintaining a variety of snow, ice, and dry area surfaces.
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