While they are up in Scandinavia, it is not just the vehicles that are challenged - the accompanying staff are, too. Despite the inhospitable weather, the test engineers, mechanics and drivers throw everything into their work. Depending on the main aims of the tests, different teams will be in attendance - for example, the drivetrain team or the chassis team. In extreme cases, staff are there for the whole of the test period - i.e. up to five weeks in one go in Scandinavia. To ensure the huge resources put into testing pay off, testing operations are ongoing for six days a week from morning until night - which, in winter, of necessity means to a large extent in darkness. External work on the vehicles at temperatures way below freezing point is also very demanding.
Despite the exertions involved, the test team really enjoy the tests up in the Arctic Circle. What's more, they all volunteer for the winter tests - and when this winter season has run its course, they'll be back again next year.