Automakers test their cars in one of two ways: in the wild or in the lab. The former is better for press, but the latter is far more convenient and effective, though a bit of both is ideal.
In a new video clip, a classic American automaker gives us a tour of its state-of-the-art Ford Climate Chamber and shows how it uses it to test its vehicles for harsh winter conditions.
The Allen Park, MI, facility can simulate all kinds of extreme conditions. Temperature can be raised or dropped anywhere from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 130 degrees, the altitude can vary between 12,000 feet above sea level or 280 feet below, and simulated winds can reach speeds of up to 150 mph. Humidity, the intensity of the sun, and even snow are all factors the state-of-the-art climate chamber can replicate and test.
At Paul Obaugh Ford, we think the facility itself is just as impressive as the cars it is used to test! Check it out!