This is Ford’s all “Weather Factory” Test Centre that allows engineers to choose all the world’s weather under one roof and at any time of the day.
It’s a facility in cologne Germany, where test will be carried on all upcoming vehicles in the most demanding conditions from around the world.
At the push of a button, Engineers will be able to recreate the most extreme weather conditions including intense snow seen , dazzling sun that is found in Africa , torrential rain and gusts of wind up to 250 km / h.
It will simulate altitudes of 5,200 metres, extremes temperature of -40°C, the average winter temperature in eastern Siberia, to +55° C as well as 95 per cent humidity.
Engineers will be able to work on 10 different cars at a time for testing comfort, safety and operational capabilities including electrical performance, braking, air conditioning and pulling heavy loads.
The football pitch sized center uses 11 megawatts of electricity (from a renewable and environmentally friendly source) to achieve all these ,that’s an energy sufficient to power a small city of 2,500 inhabitants.
The €70 million(~N30b in Naira ) Weather Factory Test Center is a perfect replacement for taking cars to unfriendly weather regions like the Antarctica , Death Valley and Mount Everest North Base Camp that has an altitudes of 5,200m.
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Author: Nairaland Forum
Source : http://www.nairaland.com/4515215/fords-weather-factory-test-centre