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Icemakers main land track facility is located at Pipudden, 8 kilometers east of Arjeplog at the foot of Galtispouda mountain. The testing grounds are easily reached by car within 10 minutes from central Arjeplog and Icemakers HQ at Maskinvägen. The land track area is in close proximity to the lake test tracks.
At the Pipudden land track facility we offer:
At Icemakers HQ we have two test hills. One split friction hill with both heated asphalt and packed snow at 20% inclination, and one with a packed snow surface with a 15% incline.
Split friction is a road condition that occurs when the friction significantly differs between the left and right wheel tracks. These test conditions are suitable for development, testing and calibration of systems such as ABS, ESP and all-wheel drive.
Icemakers also offer a land handling track within a short driving distance from the Pipudden facility.
This track is designed to simulate Scandinavian back roads. The land handling test track features a total of 10 corners with radiae between 20-100m, offering a good variation between low- and high speed sections. This handling course is excellent for testing vehicle dynamics, chassis setups and traction control, among other applications.
The land handling test track has a width of 6m, a length of 2440m. The elevation loss and gain is ± 30 meters/lap with the steepest incline at 10%.
The advantages of using land testing tracks in complement to lake test tracks is the opportunity to start the winter test season much sooner. Testing at our land tracks may start in late November. In January, additional possibilities open up with our lake test tracks.
Icemakers operate land based tracks on a few more locations around Arjeplog and Arvidsjaur for specially contracted clients with exclusive access.
Our land tracks, such as split-friction hills and split-friction straight tracks are all heated with 100% renewable energy from water and wind, locally produced here in Swedish Lapland. The same goes for all the electricity in all of our facilities.
We built the first split-µ land track in 1984 for Bosch. It was the first artificially frozen/heated test track in the Winter Test Region, using electric coils embedded in the asphalt for high-µ along with a refrigerant-based cooling system for low-µ. You can read more about our historical milestones here.
1. Where are the land testing tracks located?
Our main land track facility is located at Pipudden, 8 kilometers east of Arjeplog at the foot of Galtispouda mountain. We also operate exclusive land tracks for a few customers in other areas of Arjeplog and in Arvidsjaur.
2. How do land based tracks complement lake test tracks?
The main advantage of the land tracks is that the winter test season can start much sooner. Testing at our land tracks may begin in late November, before the lake test tracks are available for use. Properties such as undulations, inclines and more substantial µ-jumps for split-friction testing may also be an advantage, compared to testing on the completely flat lake ice.
3. When can the winter test season start on the land tracks?
Of course depending on the weather, testing at our land tracks may begin already in November, before the lake ice has had the time to freeze completely.
4. How is the heating of your land tracks powered?
All our land tracks, including the split-friction hills and split-friction straight tracks, are heated with 100% renewable energy from water and wind. The energy is locally produced here in Swedish Lapland.