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Winter car testing in Sweden

The Winter Test Region is a one-of-a-kind cluster filled to the brim with the world's leading vehicle and component manufacturers. The region includes the municipalities Arjeplog, Arvidsjaur, Älvsbyn and Jokkmokk, which during the winter turns into a world-leading test hub for companies such as VW, BMW, Daimler, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini, MAN, BOSCH, Continental, and many more. 

Nowhere else in the world will you find such an international cluster with such high concentration of knowledge and experience in winter car testing as in northern Sweden. During the summer, the Winter Test Region lies somewhat dormant with roughly 3 000 local inhabitants in Arjeplog and 6 000 in Arvidsjaur (the two main hubs of the Winter Test Region). However, during the winter test season the population nearly doubles. Engineers from all over the globe and from many different companies flood the region together with thousands of vehicles. Along with local winter test specialists and an infrastructure specifically adapted to winter testing, everything you need will be within your reach, from charging infrastructure, accommodation and workshops to land and lake test tracks as well as events for your off-time.

This all started almost 50 years ago when the two pioneers David Sundström & Per-Axel Andersson lent out their own landing strip on Lake Hornavan, Sweden’s deepest lake, to a group of visiting car testers performing winter testing on the public road network in northern Sweden. The rest is history - learn more about it here 

The presence of all these different component and vehicle manufacturers in the same place undoubtedly brings forth unique synergies in the form of potential collaborations and knowledge exchange between companies and local institutions.

In the Winter Test Region, you will find the complete package. A successful winter test project requires more than just state of the art winter test tracks. Other factors such as accommodation, local knowledge, and logistic solutions are also of great importance when testing in extreme subarctic conditions.

Winter test projects

Winter car testing is a crucial part for manufacturers of vehicles, systems, components and tires when it comes to testing, demonstrating and validating their new products and concepts. Today, much testing can be done with the help of software modelling and simulation but there is still no better way to thoroughly and accurately evaluate and homologate a new product than subjecting it to extreme real world conditions. 

The Winter Test Region in northern Sweden offers world class winter testing facilities that can not be found anywhere else on the planet in such relative concentration, covering the full range of winter test services. During the winter months of November through March, leading companies from all over the globe perform winter test projects of all shapes and sizes, undertaken within the region’s winter test facilities and public road network.

With many moving parts, complicated logistics and a compressed time schedule there is a lot of complexity related to such a project, regardless of its scope. The time spent on site must be maximized in order to reach the targets set out for the project. Planning everything in advance from abroad can be a challenge and in order to get the most out of all the opportunities on offer in the Winter Test Region, an experienced and reliable partner on site is a huge benefit.