Forests of snow-covered birch and pine trees, temperatures that can reach 35 degrees below zero and a frozen lake used as a track, with a 60 centimetre thick ice sheet that makes it the ideal driving surface during the winter months. At a location near the Arctic Circle, SEAT engineers push up to 90 cars to the limit every year with extreme winter car safety testing. The following are the most extreme winter tests that the SEAT Ateca FR was put through.
150 technicians and engineers, 60 tests, 30,000 km and four months of work in extreme conditions to evaluate the cars’ performance.
Every year up to 90 cars go up against snow, ice and temperatures that can plunge to -35 degrees.
The purpose of the testing is to ensure the functioning of every system before a car is put on the market.
These are just five of the nearly sixty different types of extreme tests that a car is put through. All this testing is more necessary than ever due to the integration of increasingly complex electronic systems, thanks to which drivers can be sure of being able to drive safely and reliably on any road and in all kinds of conditions.