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Ford To Invest $200 Million Into A New Testing Facility

Ford is spending quite a bit of cash on a new testing complex, and it’s pretty out of the ordinary. The Automaker is investing upwards of $200 Million on a high-tech wind tunnel testing facility. The facility is geared towards increasing fuel economy and performance. To do this, it will feature tunnels that can handle an array of conditions, including high speeds and extreme temperatures.

One of the tunnels will feature fast-moving belts called rolling roads, that will direct air around the car up to 200 mph. The fast belt system will be used to test Ford’s sports and race cars. The Automaker also announced that a five-belt system will be used for improving aerodynamics for fuel efficiency. Another section of the facility will be used to simulate extreme temperatures. Ford says this chamber will be able to cool the area down to negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and heat it up to 140 degrees. The facility is set to be large enough to fit its largest trucks.

This 13-acre, $200 million facility will be built in Allen Park, Michigan. Construction starts this year. Check out the video below for a preview.

Source: AutoBlog

Video Source: DPCcars

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