Ford to build $200M testing complex in Michigan

WCN Editorial Team 16 Feb 2017 NORTH AMERICA STRUCTURES

US-based automotive giant Ford has announced plans to invest $200M in a new aerodynamic testing complex in Allen Park, Michigan.

The complex, to be located on a 13-acre site next to Ford’s current driveability test facility, will house new innovative technology that delivers real-world driving simulations to advance improvements in fuel economy.

It will comprise a rolling road wind tunnel, and an advanced climatic chamber.

The wind tunnel will produce a full environmental airflow simulation, with speeds from 155mph to 200mph. The expanded air-flow will be used to validate vehicle designs at a higher quality and repeatability.

Ford Performance global director Dave Pericak said: "This new wind tunnel facility will not only allow us to test our performance and racing vehicle line-up, but will also enable us to share innovations across all our global Ford products.”

The climatic chamber will have the capacity to get as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, colder than the Arctic, and as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the Sahara.

Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer Raj Nair said: “This investment in new world-class test facilities underpins Ford’s ongoing commitment to advance our capabilities to continue to provide our customers with high-quality vehicles.”

Construction work on the complex is expected to commence in 2017.

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