Greener winter tyre testing thanks to electric vehicle

Test World has lifted the covers on a new ASTM Traction Truck, an all-electric test vehicle designed to conduct ASTM 1805 tyre testing for customers from all over the world.

The Test World ASTM Traction truck is designed for testing tyres according to the ASTM 1805 test standard for single wheel driving traction in a straight line on snow-covered surfaces.

The standard helps drivers to identify tyres that provide a higher level of snow traction. Tyres meeting the standard are branded with the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol.

The test method employs an instrumented, rear-wheel drive test vehicle – the Test World Traction Truck – to measure average longitudinal and vertical forces acting on the test tyre under acceleration.

Not only is Test World the first European provider to offer ASTM 1805 testing, but its Traction Truck is also the world’s first all-electric iteration of such a test vehicle.

The electric powertrain set-up is ideally suited to manufacturers looking to test their tyres in a more environmentally friendly way, and in-line with shifting market trends.

The electric drive truck also provides more test options over the traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, as it is easier to fine-tune the test parameters for different tyre sizes.

Jukka Antila, Technical Director at Test World, said: “We are delighted to introduce the Test World ASTM Traction Truck to our facility. Customers no longer need to send their tyres to the USA if they wish to test to the ASTM 1805 standard, and, thanks to Test World’s indoor facilities, it is the only venue globally that can provide year-round testing”.

Test World’s parent company, Millbrook, is merging with French company, UTAC CERAM. The merger benefits Test World’s customers as the group now boasts an even more comprehensive tyre testing capability.

Test World’s year-round snow and ice testing will be complemented by the UTAC CERAM Millbrook laboratory tests and soon-to-be opened proving ground in Morocco.

About Test World

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 for testing on natural snow and ice, and wet and dry braking with aquaplaning.

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.

About UTAC CERAM Millbrook Group

UTAC CERAM Millbrook is a market-leading group in vehicle testing, type approval and emerging technologies for autonomous, connected and electric vehicles. It provides services and systems to customers in the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical and defence industries.

The group delivers regulation & homologation support, specialist vehicle conversions and test systems as well as training, consulting, audit and certification, technical inspection, standardisation and events.

UTAC CERAM Millbrook operates 8 test centres – in France (including the official Euro NCAP facility), the UK (including the 5G-enabled Millbrook Proving Ground), the USA and Finland; it has subsidiaries in Germany, Russia, China and Japan. The group will be opening a proving ground in Morocco in 2021.

UTAC CERAM Millbrook employs around 1280 people across its various locations. In 2019, the group recorded turnover of €173 million.

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