Ivalo testing center
Ivalo Testing Center “White Hell” – Testing under extreme conditions
Nokian Tyres uses over half of its R&D costs on testing products. Sufficient test results cannot be achieved under laboratory conditions alone. Nokian Tyres tests its products in real-life environments in order to make them work flawlessly under difficult, demanding, and varying conditions.
The company has its own testing center spanning over 700 hectares in Ivalo, Finnish Lapland, to the north of the Arctic Circle. There, R&D and testing teams as well as test drivers put tyres to the test. The Ivalo Testing Center simulates winter driving extremes from November to May, both day and night. The temperature variations are harsh. Variations of up to 40 degrees centigrade are possible within the same day. In midwinter, the darkness brought on by the polar night creates a new set of challenges, while the spring is a constant struggle with the conditions brought on by cold nights and sunny days. Over 20,000 tyres are tested each winter.
The Ivalo Testing Center has more than 20 different test tracks. The continuously maintained test tracks span over 100 km in total. The tracks are used to test handling on snow and ice, and the tyre’s acceleration and braking, for example. Nokian Tyres is the world's leading expert in northern conditions, which is especially due to the comprehensive and careful testing performed in Lapland.