FCA US Uses New Blizzard Machine to Test Performance Cars
When you get behind the wheel of your car, it’s likely you don’t consider just how much testing has gone into getting your car out on the road. Car testing is an integral part of the car-making process—and one of the key reasons it takes an average of seven years for a new car to get to the dealership.
For FCA US, car testing is so important that the American carmaker recently introduced a new 4×4 dynamometer—also known as a rolling road—to its climate testing cells at the Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Michigan.
WATCH: Blizzard and Rainstorm Testing
Capable of reaching temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 130, these climate tests truly give a sense of how a car can handle nightmarish weather. It can even blast rain or snow at a car, testing how it would react if precipitation clogs its intakes while driving at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
These upgrades came after Chrysler invested $2.5 million into the facilities. Because of the performance vehicles that come from FCA US brands like Dodge and Jeep, it’s important for the American carmaker to ensure drivers will receive the best power possible, regardless of the weather conditions. Chrysler even uses these new testing cells to make sure windshield wipers work.
Looks like it was money well-spent.