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Ford has just opened Europe’s most progressive centre, this new Ford Environmental Test Centre gives an opportunity to feel all the weather conditions at the same time. Ford Environmental Test Centre puts all the world’s weather under one roof, so that engineers test the upcoming vehicles. From a small Ford KA+ to a two-tonne Ford Transit in the most difficult conditions and make whatever weather they want at any time of the day.
“Altitudes higher than Mont Blanc, the tallest Alpine peak, vehicle and wind speeds of up to 250 km/h (155 mph), and snow, glaring sunlight and rain are among conditions that are a push of a button away in Europe’s most advanced automotive environmental test centre. On an area the size of a football pitch, engineers can now take vehicles around the world, from the desert heat of the Sahara, to the arctic cold of Siberia and to the heavy humidity of Costa Rica,” mentions fordeurope.blogspot.com.
It costs almost $108 million dollars, the test center is located Cologne, Germany.
The center also has the world’s first automotive wind tunnel that can simulate 5,200 meters, which is the same elevation as the Mount Everest North Base Camp.
“The vast range of punishing simulation tests will enable Ford drivers to be confident their vehicles can handle whatever climate zone they live in,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe.
According to Ford, the winter temperature in eastern Siberia is -40° Celsius, which is very cold, therefore all vehicles of Ford test this deep freeze to check the vehicle’s firmness and durability in this cold winter conditions.
Ford Environmental Test Centre is the only place where you can witness the snow even in July. “In Arctic-like weather, engineers can see how fast a windscreen defrosts at different temperatures, check the effect of the cold on engine starts and see how long it takes to heat the cabin. Engineers can even make it snow from the ceiling, to check how the snow gathers on the vehicle’s roof and how much snow falls on the driver’s head when they open the door”.
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