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[This is what Nissan's wind tunnel controls looked like back in 1980. An F30 Leopard sits in as the test vehicle. Photo Credit: Nissan]
Wind tunnels are way more complicated than one would think, but here's Willem Toet, Sauber F1's Head of Aerodynamics explaining how you should build one if you want to avoid generating earthquakes while testing.
When you want to go really fast, you need a lot of power. And when you want to simulate going fast, you need even more power. When the engineers at Moffett Field want to test new ideas in aircraft, this is how they do it.
For 30 years, engineers in GM's Aerodynamics Laboratory have improved automotive fuel economy with this, the world's largest wind tunnel designed for automotive applications. This week, on the tunnel's 30th birthday, here's an amazing look inside.
It's no secret that a car with slick coefficient of friction will be better on gas. So Volvo decided to build a top-notch wind tunnel in Sweden that they claim is an improvement on traditional test facilities. Volvo's wind tunnel allows a simulated road under the car at-speed, while most tunnels just leave the wheels…