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JAGUAR LAND ROVER ICE TEST Some 60 JLR engineers visit a small Lapland town every year, but they aren’t searching for Santa… “Car engineers double the population of Arjeplog during the winter test season,” says Phil Talboys, manager of the Jaguar Land Rover Winter Test Centre. “We’ve been coming here since the early 80s. In the beginning, we had a very small office and one-ramp workshop and we’ve developed into today’s hi-tech facility.” Arjeplog, Sweden is a long way from anywhere. Sitting in almost the centre of Lapland, it’s nearer the Russian port of Murmansk than the Swedish capital Stockholm. Surrounded by lakes and forests, it’s an outdoor playground under the midnight sun, but in winter the region is locked under snow and ice and the tourists disappear. “The coldest I’ve ever seen here is -42°C,” says Phil. This makes it the perfect place to test a vehicle’s robustness. There’s an off-road area, handling tracks for the stability control team, straights to check grip levels for ABS system calibration, testing hills at 17% and 28% inclines and different surfaces to evaluate traction systems. Some parts have even been made to look like famous race tracks. Can you recognise the one pictured? (Hint: It’s not gold but...) “We also run durability testing,” adds Phil, “driving thousands of kilometres in these extremely cold Arctic conditions.” With Jaguar and Land Rover customers in every corner of the globe, from China and Russia to the US, such testing is necessary. It is a breadth of capability that is also reflected in the hot weather testing centre in Dubai where Jaguars and Land Rovers are tested to over 50°C. At peak season, Jaguar Land Rover has up to 60 vehicles and 60 engineers in Arjeplog at any one time and the season doesn’t end until late March. It may not be hospitable, but at least you’re guaranteed snow – if not Santa – at Christmas. WORDS: Nathanial Handy PICTURE: John Wycherley THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE j 67

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