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Ford To Improve Fuel Economy With Brand New Wind Tunnel Complex

March 7th, 2017

A Ford engineer testing the aerodynamics of a Ford F-150 pickup truck inside of a wind tunnelWhen people visit the Borgman Ford showroom in Grand Rapids looking for their next Ford Car, Truck, or SUV, one of their top questions – and perhaps a final factor in their decision – is “what does it get per gallon?”

Today, fuel economy has been toward the top of a consumer’s wish list while shopping for a new vehicle. This is especially true for our commercial customers, as they need to weigh the vehicle’s operating cost, which includes fuel economy.

Recognizing this, Ford is making a huge investment in their research & development infrastructure. The company plans to start construction on a new wind tunnel complex to test the aerodynamics of its vehicles with wind speeds ranging from 155 to 200 mph. This article published in the Ford Media Center further details the plans for the new facility.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Consumers’ appetite for vehicles with greater fuel efficiency and performance has led Ford to invest in a new aerodynamic testing complex that will house a next-generation rolling road wind tunnel and state-of-the-art climatic chamber. The new facility will come complete with testing advancements that better match the technological development of Ford products – both production vehicles and racing vehicles.

Rear view of a Ford F-150 Pickup Truck undergoing aerodynamic and efficiency testing inside a wind tunnel“This investment in new world-class test facilities underpins Ford’s ongoing commitment to advance our capabilities to continue to provide our customers with high-quality vehicles,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer.

The new wind tunnel complex will sit on 13 acres next to Ford’s current Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Michigan. The complex will house new innovative technology that delivers state-of-the-art real-world driving simulations to advance improvements in fuel economy.

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This is one of the many ways Ford is delivering on their promise to continue improving the quality and efficiency of their vehicles. For Borgman Commercial customers, this new facility will mean that Ford vehicles of the future will continue to out-pace the rest in terms of efficiency and durability, saving them money on fuel costs and maintenance.

However, the vehicles you’ll find today at Borgman Ford Commercial still outperform their competition. The weight-saving and high-strength aluminum alloy bodies of the Ford F-Series F-150 and Super Duty Trucks give them an edge, as do engines fine-tuned for performance and economy. Check out our Full Ford Commercial Inventory and please feel free to stop by for a visit or Contact Us with any questions you may have.


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