Honda invests millions for advanced wind tunnel facility
20 April 2017
Honda will establish a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility in Ohio to advance vehicle innovation, scheduled for the late summer of 2017.
The new aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility will reinforce Honda's commitment to developing fuel-efficient and fun to drive performance-based vehicles. The wind tunnel will utilise a unique interchangeable belt system capable of testing both production vehicles and race cars. It features a five-belt rolling road system designed for the development of production vehicles and a second, single/wide belt system designed for testing high-performance sports cars and purpose-built race vehicles. Wind speeds of up to 192mph can be produced in the tunnel.
The aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility will have space for four secure and confidential customer bays, providing the opportunity for use by customers other than Honda.
The advanced acoustic design will drive the next generation of wind noise reduction by utilising a strategic system of microphones and cameras set up to measure and identify potential noise issues on both the exterior and interior of a vehicle during the development stage.
Honda invested $124 million in the new facility which will be located at Transportation Research Centre (TRC) in Ohio.