Honda Invests $124 Million Into Advanced Wind Tunnel Facility in Ohio
Today Honda announced that it will be investing $124 million into its Transportation Research Center (TRC) in East Liberty, Ohio, to establish a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility that will allow for more advanced vehicle innovation and improve the world-class testing facilities.
“This new facility will further enhance our ability to efficiently create products of the highest quality for our customers,” said Frank Paluch, the president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “It will be integral to our aerodynamic and aeroacoustic R&D activity, which spans from advanced research and computer simulation, through scale-model and full vehicle development, to production vehicle performance assurance. And all of this is being done right here in the US.”
Honda says that the new aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility will reinforce the company’s commitment to developing fuel-efficient and fun to drive performance-based vehicles, such as the NSX hybrid supercar.
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The wind tunnel will feature a unique interchangeable belt system that can test both production vehicles and racecars, 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. The tunnel can produce wind speeds of up to 192 mph.
“This innovative and industry leading asset provides us with another distinct reason for our customers to take advantage of the world-class testing facilities we have in Ohio at TRC,” said Mark-Tami Hotta, president and CEO of the Transportation Research Center.
There will also be four secure and confidential customer bays built into the aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility, so that customers other than Honda may use the facility.
Additionally, the advanced acoustic design will drive the next generation of wind noise reduction by utilizing a strategic system of microphones and cameras set up to measure and identify potential exterior and interior noise issues.
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