Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI) said it will begin construction this year of a $200 million wind tunnel complex as part of efforts to improve design of its vehicles.
The wind tunnel operations will be contained in a building of about 135,000 square feet (12,500 square meters) on a 13-acre site in Allen Park, MI, near the automaker’s headquarters and other testing facilities.
The new complex will include a rolling road aerodynamic tunnel; a simulation facility with airflow up to 200 mph (322 kilometers per hour); and a climate chamber with a temperature range of minus 40 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius).
Ford, in a statement, said it is “targeting improved product technology and design” for production and race vehicles. The company said the complex will better enable engineers to test out vehicle design.
“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,” Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, said in the statement.