GKN Driveline test base opens at Smithers winter test center

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GKN Driveline has opened a new cold-weather facility at the Smithers Winter Test Center (SWTC) in Brimley, Michigan. This means that the supplier now has proving grounds in extreme cold weather conditions in Europe, Asia and North America. GKN Driveline’s North American customers will be able to test the company’s all-wheel-drive and eDrive systems in the cold, hazardous, low-traction road conditions.

The Michigan Upper Peninsula test site comprises a new 10,000ft² facility within the SWTC’s 750-acre complex. It is adjacent to the main SWTC track and features a large central workshop bay with four vehicle hoists. Three private garages ensure confidentiality and security for GKN’s customers.

“All-wheel-drive technology continues to grow in overall consumer acceptance and demand and has emerged as a key product differentiator for vehicle manufacturers,” said Gavin Streather, senior director, global engineering processes and systems at GKN Driveline, who will oversee the facility’s operation.

“The private facility will enable our engineers to collaborate with customer engineering teams to develop and tune all-wheel-drive systems that meet unique brand characteristics for a variety of vehicles.”

February 8, 2017

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

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