Our courses and surfaces are maintained around the clock by more than 40 experienced employees. In addition to standard surfaces, our on-site experts have decades of experience in creating custom testing courses and surfaces. 

Split Coefficient Courses

Smithers maintains a number of split coefficient surfaces in different configurations that enable customers to evaluate braking, powertrain, and traction control systems.
  • Hills: 10%, 15%, and 20% ice/asphalt split mµ inclines for testing traction control components
  • Circles: 300', 600', and 1600' diameter circles with ice inner lanes and packed snow outer lanes
  • Straights: Alternating mµ and split mµ surfaces for evaluating brakes and drivetrain components
  • Custom: Potential for custom setups for handling and autonomous vehicle system evaluations

Other Surfaces

The Center offers over 30 different testing surfaces and areas, including:
  • Three handling courses
  • Packed snow handling and test lanes
  • Ice pads
  • 10%, 15%, and 20% grade ramps
  • 3% and 6% slopes

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Custom Surfaces

The Smithers Winter Test Center staff is proficient at creating and maintaining surfaces that meet specific client requirements, including:
  • Hill climbs
  • Snow handling courses
  • Ice pads
  • Snow fields
  • Circle snow / ice tracks
  • Custom track setups to accommodate autonomous car testing
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