Winter Proving Grounds

Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Smithers Winter Test Center (SWTC) is a world-class facility ideal for testing and conducting performance evaluations on vehicles, tires, and components under the special challenges of extreme cold and hazardous road conditions.

Engineering concepts and theories will always remain just that until tested in real world conditions. This is especially true in the automotive industry, where it is critical that the design and performance of vehicles and their components be evaluated and verified via testing that duplicates service conditions. Our facility can fulfill an almost unlimited array of winter testing needs.

Smithers Winter Test Center

The Smithers Winter Test Center (SWTC) is located in Brimley, MI, about 30 minutes from Sault Ste. Marie and a five-hour drive from Detroit. The SWTC features over 800 acres of snow, ice, and bare pavement surfaces and is staffed by more than 40 employees proficient in creating and maintaining a variety of snow, ice, and dry area surfaces.

This facility is ideal for testing vehicles of all sizes, from small cars to Class 8 trucks, snow removal and handling equipment, construction equipment, recreational and seasonal sport vehicles, and military equipment.

The facility is also well equipped for durability evaluations for OE and aftermarket vehicle components including:

  • Tire performance
  • Powertrain performance
  • Snow ingestion
  • Fuel systems
  • Power steering systems
  • Antilock brakes
  • Heaters/defrosters
  • Cold-start testing
  • Sensors
  • Autonomous vehicle component testing

On-site staff is able to conduct passenger and truck traction and braking tests to industry standards, design custom testing programs, or provide facilities for companies to perform their own testing. Our passenger traction track is ISO 17025 accredited for ASTM F1805 testing. 

COURSES AND SURFACES 

Events and Product Launches

Our on-site event center is available to rent for product launches and demos, ride-and-drive events, meetings, and other events for up to 120 guests. Opened in 2018, the center is equipped with excellent AV equipment and hookups, a garage door for showcasing vehicles, and wireless internet. Smithers staff can offer event planning services as well as on-site logistics support.

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Smithers is constantly working to evaluate new investments and expansions to the Smithers Winter Test Center in order to meet client needs. Over 130 acres of new testing surfaces were added in 2017.

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