On the pages of our site, we already wrote about the fact that Ford plans to build a “weather factory”. But talking about the plans is much less interesting than seeing the finished product in action. And recently representatives of Ford published a video about how the newest center for weather simulation works.
The Weather Research Center is located in Cologne, Germany. The cost of the complex was 70 million euros. For this money, a construction was built about the size of a football field, in which 10 cars can be tested simultaneously. At the same time, the center allows simulating various weather conditions: strong wind, heavy rain, snowfall, arid desert climate and so on. The air in different parts of the complex can be cooled to minus 40 degrees Celsius or heated to plus 55 degrees, and the humidity can be changed from 0 to 95 percent.
The research complex is designed to test cars in a variety of conditions. It is literally stuffed with the latest technology. For example, in one of the sections 28 floodlights with 4000 Watt lamps simulate bright sun rays, which allows not only to test the wear of the body, but also to check how the air conditioning system works in the car. Another sector allows you to create a real snowfall or pouring rain and assess how the snow and water accumulate on the body. The rest of the details about the “weather factory” you can find out from the video below.