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2014 / 2015 Winter Test Season: Smithers Winter Test Center is gearing up for the 2014 / 2015 winter test season.  Construction of the winter tracks begins in mid November with some tracks ready for testing by mid December.  We are currently scheduling groups for the upcoming season.

Additional Service: Some of our clients have asked us to help them in getting an early jump on their winter testing by traveling with them to remote locations such as Finland and Northern Canada. With a few years of experience behind us, we may be able to help your test group in getting an early jump on the winter test season. If you are interested feel free to give us a call.

Please contact Sean Connolly for scheduling information.

Sean Connolly

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Phone: (330) 762-7441

Proving Grounds Information

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 Testing Center can fulfill an almost unlimited array of winter testing needs. Smithers Winter Test Center - Winter Proving Grounds, Raco, MI

Located in northern Michigan, Smithers Winter Testing Center is  ideal for conducting performance evaluations of vehicles, tires and components under the special challenges of extreme cold and hazardous road conditions.

Smithers Winter Testing Center is ideal for all types of vehicles and components in harsh winter climatic conditions. more

Vehicle durability and component evaluationsSmithers Winter Test Center - Winter Proving Grounds, Raco, MI

  • Tire testing
  • Cold weather power train
  • Snow-ingestion testing
  • Heater/defroster testing
  • Fuel system testing
  • Antilock brake testing
  • Cold-start testing
  • Power steering evaluation
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In addition to the extensive outdoor testing facilities, the complex includes a well-equipped 20,000-sq. ft. heated garage and offices. Off-site remote office and garage locations may be available on request. We can also construct special test surfaces to meet your needs