Japanese automaker Honda is set to invest $124M in the construction of a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility in East Liberty, Ohio.
The new facility, which will be located at the Transportation Research Center (TRC), is expected to advance vehicle innovation and improve the testing facilities.
Honda said that the tunnel will be capable of producing wind at speeds of up to 192mph and will feature an interchangeable belt system capable of testing production vehicles and racecars.
It will include a five-belt rolling road system, designed for the development of production vehicles and a second, single/wide belt system designed for testing high-performance sports cars and purpose-built race vehicles.
In addition, the facility will provide space for four secure and confidential customer bays, thereby offering the opportunity for use by customers other than Honda.
Frank Paluch, Honda R&D Americas president, said: “This new facility will further enhance our ability to efficiently create products of the highest quality for our customers.
“It will be integral to our aerodynamic and aeroacoustic R&D activity, which spans from advanced research and computer simulation, through scale-model and full vehicle development, to production vehicle performance assurance. And all of this is being done right here in the US."
Construction is scheduled to start in late summer of 2017.
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