The World’s Toughest Van Test

March 13, 2014

Winters don’t get any tougher than in northern Finland where roads are covered with snow and ice, and temperatures can drop as low as -50 C.This was the setting for the 2014 Arctic Van Test, a grueling ordeal that offers bragging rights for the manufacturer with the toughest van on the planet.

Transit slaloming across a frozen airfield

Challenges range from slaloming across a frozen airfield to a 700-kilometre endurance drive.

After five days of testing, experts from six European magazines named the Ford Transit and the smaller Transit Connect the winners in their respective classes – the first time Ford has achieved the double in the test’s 23-year history.

Transit Connect slaloming across a frozen airfield

Watch a short documentary on the Arctic Van Test below.

Ford Transit Connect 700-kilometre endurance drive