Climatic wind tunnels
For extreme weather conditions
Mercedes-Benz has inaugurated two climatic wind tunnels at its Sindelfingen site in October 2010, designed to bring extreme weather conditions indoors. Daimler is investing over 230 million euros in cutting-edge technology at the plant, thereby safeguarding its long-term future.
At sub-zero temperatures, it is not a problem to produce even the heaviest sort of snowstorm, in which the snowflakes fly into the test vehicles at 200 km/h
The turbine can produce any form of airflow required, from a light breeze to a hurricane. As an extreme example, winds of up to 200 km/h would be possible.
Mercedes-Benz SLK
The new 18-metre-high building in Sindelfingen covers an area 70 x 60 metres in size.
The temperature range in the cold tunnel stretches from minus 40 degrees to plus 40 degrees Celsius and thus accommodates most normal weather conditions with a generous margin.
The new climatic wind tunnels are so designed that they can be used by Mercedes-Benz to test a broad range of vehicle models - from the smart to the Sprinter.
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