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Question for MacGeek or other knowledgeable individual:

We're all familiar with Alfa Romeo's famous Balocco test track. I'm curious about where it conducts its hot and cold weather testing. Anyone know? Please share. Thanks.
 

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I dont really know specifically but lots of europeans do South Africa for heat and Scandinavia for cold...many euros also do Death Valley and Alaska if they have resources in US (Benz, BMW)
 

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You prompted me to do some research, which I should have done previously. Looks like northern Sweden for cold weather: http://spga.eu/
 

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"works just fine"

kanundrum, have you figured out a way to get the plow blade to lower at speeds under 70?
inquiring minds got to know!
 

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Most cold weather testing is done in Arjeplog.
Thanks. Does Alfa Romeo have a facility there, or is that where SPGA is based?
 

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SPGA is the association of Swedish Proving Grounds. Granted, most of them are in Arjeplog, but not all. The facilities Alfa uses are not owned and operated by FCA directly, but they - like most other car manufacturers - are permanent users of the proving grounds each and every winter. Arjeplog is basically the world's capital of winter testing:

http://www.autonews.com/article/20150601/OEM/306019952/swedens-hot-spot-for-winter-testing

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2011-04-07/in-swedens-frigid-north-car-testing-is-hot


Edit: just watched the video. It's weird that the event was co-hosted by Bosch, since they do not supply the stability control system for the Giulia/Stelvio.
 

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"should take the keys"

WHHAATT!! he deserves absolute respect; I'd be looking for longer springs to get a little more ground clearance, and either removal or replacement (with a cheaper material) to avoid dropped ice chunk damage to the cf.

he probably gets more fun on a single fresh snowfall than we get all year.
 

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SPGA is the association of Swedish Proving Grounds. Granted, most of them are in Arjeplog, but not all. The facilities Alfa uses are not owned and operated by FCA directly, but they - like most other car manufacturers - are permanent users of the proving grounds each and every winter. Arjeplog is basically the world's capital of winter testing:

http://www.autonews.com/article/20150601/OEM/306019952/swedens-hot-spot-for-winter-testing

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2011-04-07/in-swedens-frigid-north-car-testing-is-hot


Edit: just watched the video. It's weird that the event was co-hosted by Bosch, since they do not supply the stability control system for the Giulia/Stelvio.
Makes more sense than sending them to Michigan's upper peninsula.

http://www.mtukrc.org/wintertesting.htm
 

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lockem, I think you are waiting on a AWD; you could go through the youtube stuff of the stelvio's press intro at St Moritz, as clearance aside, it's mechanically pretty close.

most of the vids are pretty useless, but there are bits here and there that might give you slight insights, and one fellow who actually drove pretty darn quick in fairly crappy conditions - sorry, I don't remember which one.
 

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ya know @kanundrum ....we really should take the keys to the Giulia away from you:p...making it work in the salty-snow of MD!....
buy yourself a freaking winter beater like the rest of the civilized auto world..LOL;)
LMAO! I was just doing a bit of cold weather testing in ownership month #3 LOL. You know in case of emergencies like a empty parking lot covered in snow... >:)
 

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LMAO! I was just doing a bit of cold weather testing in ownership month #3 LOL. You know in case of emergencies like a empty parking lot covered in snow... >:)
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How can we do any of that without a certain "off" switch"?
 
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