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Old 06-25-2009, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BMW's new aero test center / wind tunnel

via BMWblog



Came across an article detailing BMW's new facility. They boast:

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The BMW Group’s new Aerodynamic Test Centre is the world’s most modern facility of its kind throughout the entire automotive industry.
  • world’s largest rolling road in a wind tunnel
Most of the article seems to focus on high speed & handling issues related to aero though, like the ability to study aero during overtaking manouvers, or over bumps, or in curves.

The best part of the article is the photo gallery of scale & full size models in the tunnel:

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Discovered in their photo gallery: BMW has apparenty already used the wind tunnel to investigate vortex generators and a set of four fender skirts on a flying version of their 3-series:

BMW tests delta / strake style roof mounted vortex generators

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For a second I went: Woah! Is that full scale? Then I saw it was not. Very cool nonetheless. You just reminded me I need to visit a wind tunnel one of these days.
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We should see if we can get to the NRCan one in Ottawa.

I sent both PM and email to the EM member who works there but didn't get a response.
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That would be a nice event to organize. I'm sure we could get a couple members interested.
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Oh... that would be soooo cool!

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