Recently, pre-production versions of the 2014 Cadillac ELR completed winter weather chassis testing in Michigan's often-brutal Upper Peninsula.
Cadillac ELR testing in winter.
Though the video is not particularly exciting, winter testing is a vital step in the development of nearly all automobiles, especially those powered by batteries.
Of course, driving a vehicle in wintry conditions provides engineers with vital information for ABS tweaking, traction control modifications and even tire selection, but most importantly it allows Cadillac's team of engineers an opportunity to make sure that the ELR's slightly modified Voltec powertrain copes with extreme weather as well as it does in the Chevy Volt.
Thanks to some recent heavy snowfalls, Cadillac engineers were finally able to do some serious winter weather chassis testing on the pre-production ELR and make those final tweaks. The extended range Cadillac will be coming to market in the US in early 2014; but only as a limited run production vehicle. (ELR details can be found here)
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“Being able to test the ELR in extreme road conditions, like those we experienced here in the U.P., allows us to provide a ride-and-handling character unlike any EV on the market today,” said Chris Thomason, ELR chief engineer. “During this latest test, the ELR continued to perform beyond our expectations.”
Cadillac says that HiPer Strut front suspension and watts link rear suspension, has the ELR designed to provide owners with a "sporty, yet confident handling character."