Having Olympic ice skating champion and supermodel Katarina Witt visit the BMW environmental test center wind tunnel is a great way to show it off.
The facility can replicate climate and weather conditions from around the globe and change them within a few minutes, giving test engineers efficiency and flexibility in qualifying vehicle systems. The tunnel can run up to 155 mph (250 kph) and test temperatures from 14 to 113F (-10 to 45C), under various sun, precipitation, and humidity conditions.
Other advantages of the tunnel include maintaining test conditions more precisely than can be done "on the street." Cars and systems can be evaluated at the Munich facility at any time of the year under any conditions required.
Testing not only involves vehicle climate control systems, but braking "in the wet" during rain, and windshield and headlight visibility in snow.
Learn more about BMW's Energy and Environmental Test Center here.