White Christmas guaranteed with Ford!


How would you like to choose the weather any day of the year, including guaranteeing a White Christmas?


That is exactly what Ford’s new “Weather Factory” will enable engineers to do as they test forthcoming vehicles in the most demanding conditions from around the world.


Altitudes higher than Mont Blanc, the tallest Alpine peak, vehicle and wind speed of up to 155mph, snow, glaring sunlight, and rain are among conditions that will be simulated at Ford’s state-of-the-art Environmental Test Centre.


As well as turning low-lying Cologne, in Germany, into the highest point in Western Europe at the touch of a button, the multi-million Euro facility will be the most advanced automotive facility of its kind. The first to simulate altitudes of 5,200 metres, the centre will also offer extremes of -40°, the average winter temperature in eastern Siberia, to +55° Centigrade – just 1.7° below the highest-ever air temperature globally recorded – as well as 95 per cent humidity.


In the UK, Ford Dunton’s Environmental Test Laboratory has been capable of simulating altitudes up to 3,660m since 1999 – as well as temperatures from -40° to +55 deg° Centigrade.


The capabilities of the new Cologne Environmental Test Centre can be seen in this new animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlkkLLHNnOM