Ingolstadt, Germany – Audi has unveiled a new climatic wind tunnel in Germany that will allow the company to test vehicles under highly realistic conditions in cold or heat, and with wind speeds of up to 300 km/h.The company has invested about $20 million in the new wind tunnel, making it the latest addition to its wind tunnel centre in Ingolstadt.

“The new climatic wind tunnel is another milestone in technical development at Audi,” said project manager Dr. Stefan Dietz. “Its technical innovations will provide us with an even greater bandwidth of testing possibilities in the future. With the climatic wind tunnel, we’re acquired another instrument that will allow us to effectively contribute to reducing CO2. Optimized and economical cooling systems can be developed for cars based on the insights gained on the test stands.”

The tunnel can achieve a maximum temperature range of minus-25 to plus-55 C, with simulations able to be conducted at very high speeds. The tunnel can also generate wind speeds up to 300 km/h, and simulate rain, sun and snow.

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