I stumbled across a recent Popular Mechanics article the other day that described the ways Ford tests it’s vehicles in the most extreme weather conditions. I had always assumed they took the vehicles and tested them on location, but in the Ford testing facility, it turns out the most extreme weather conditions can be found without ever leaving the garage.
It’s more of a wind tunnel than a garage, actually – much like the ones you see featured in some luxury and sport vehicle commercials to showcase the elegant and aerodynamic shape of each model. This wind tunnel, however, simulates a lot more than wind and is able to manufacture conditions ranging from black-ice blizzard to Sahara-like heat.
With climate changes abound these days, you never know what you might have to be driving through next season. At least for Ford drivers, they can take comfort in knowing their car has seen it all before.