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FORD SPENDING $200 MILLION ON NEW WIND TUNNEL TEST FACILITY

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ORD SPENDING $200 MILLION ON NEW WIND TUNNEL TEST FACILITY

Ford GT and need for speed behind push for more sophisticated testing of future products

When you add a supercar like the Ford GT to your lineup and return to Le Mans, the sophistication of your product can outstrip the sophistication of your testing facilities.

To that end, Ford is spending $200 million on a new complex to improve product technology and design, and that includes a new wind tunnel for better aerodynamic data.

Construction of a new wind tunnel complex is slated to start by spring on 13 acres of land in Allen Park, Mich., and should be complete and in operation by the fall of 2019, said Jacqueline Shuk, Ford’s Chief Engineer for Vehicle Evaluation and Verification.

She is excited at the prospect of a wind tunnel that will more closely mimic the real world because vehicles won’t just sit static as engineers measure the impact of wind blown at them. Ford is building a rolling road aerodynamic tunnel with a series of conveyor belts that will move under vehicles of every size and description—making it more realistic by essentially bringing the road to the vehicle. “As the technology on our vehicles has been advancing, we need the capability of moving-ground simulation to validate design,” Shuk said.
Source: http://www.motortrend.com/news/ford-spending-200-million-new-wind-tunnel-test-facility/

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