Jaguar Land Rover opens winter test facility

A new winter test facility for Jaguar Land Rover has been opened in International Falls, Minnesota.

The new facility should ensure that the manufacturers’ vehicles will be in top condition on the roads for all forthcoming winters.

The facility has cold testing chambers, snow covered test surfaces, a frozen lake and a concrete test track to test cars on.

Already one of the coldest locations in the US, the facility will give Jaguar Land Rover engineers a chance to test their products’ performance in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet.

Temperatures in the facility will go as low as -48 C, and has been built in collaboration with the Koochiching Economic Development Authority.

Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director Martyn Hollingsworth said: “Our focus on the quality and durability of our new models means testing vehicles in the harshest of environments is more important than ever.

“The United States is also one of our largest global markets, so investing in a world class winter testing facility here is imperative to the future success of Jaguar Land Rover in North America.”

It’s not the first Jaguar Land Rover cold facility. There are currently four others based around the world. One is situated at the Nurburgring in Germany; Arjeplog in Sweden; Phoenix, USA; and Dubai.

The all-new Range Rover may very well be one of the first vehicles tested at the new facility. Due for release early next year, the all-new Range Rover was first revealed at this year’s Paris Motor Show, and is the world’s first SUV to feature a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure.

The 2013 Range Rover starts from £71,295.

People interested in investing in the 2013 Range Rover can contact Perrys Land Rover dealerships.