General Motors is putting the finishing touches on a new $30 million wind tunnel for testing scale models on the campus of the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, as part of its overall effort to meet tougher fuel-economy regulations that are looming over the next decade.
GM is also planning an overhaul of its full-size wind tunnel, which is adjacent to the new test center. The overhaul will begin late next year and will take about a year to complete, and will include the construction of a full-scale rolling road system and other improvements.
“The combined capabilities of our new reduced-scale and full-scale wind tunnels allow us to reach industry-leading levels of aerodynamic refinement,” said Ken Morris, vice president, GM Global Product Integrity. (more…)