Test World open for indoor testing
Test World reports that it is remaining open to “operate and fulfill a busy schedule of indoor tyre and vehicle testing during the global COVID-19 pandemic”. Writing in an email to customers and contacts published 31 March 2020, company representatives said: “Operating within official health guidance to the strictest degree and treating the health and wellbeing of its staff as the utmost priority, Test World strives to minimise disruption to the industry in these unprecedented times.”
Test World can test tyres and vehicles without the customer having to personally visit the proving ground in Ivalo, Finland. Fresh snow has been loaded into Test World’s Indoor 1, 2 and 3 facilities, which are now open for the summer season. The indoor facilities enable all kinds of cold weather testing and include snow and ice tracks, wet and dry braking surfaces and a snow handling circuit. These tracks are unique in that they can be used all year round, whatever the weather outside. Outdoor testing will continue throughout the coming weeks, with testing taking place overnight when daytime temperatures start to rise.
Janne Seurujärvi, managing director at Test World, said: “This global pandemic is unprecedented and we will comply with official advice for businesses continuing to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak. For the time being, we are able to continue running indoor testing programmes safely, with the health and wellbeing of our staff at the forefront of our minds at all times. We are using our unique facilities to try and keep the industry moving while much of the automotive sector is on pause indefinitely.”