Volkswagen has launched a new hub that tests vehicles under real-world climate conditions.
The car manufacturer’s Wind Tunnel Efficiency Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany can test cars at wind speeds of up to 250km/h, simulating real traffic conditions, with the aim of reducing drag, fuel usage and emissions.
It claims driving simulations under all climate and environmental conditions normally experienced throughout the world can also be conducted at temperatures between -30°C and 60°C.
Dr Frank Welsch, Board Member for Technical Development said: “These tests are a key factor in improving efficiency and reducing emissions. Thanks to the new centre, we are also outstandingly well positioned for the future with respect to other development areas such as aeroacoustics and electric vehicle range.”