When it comes to testing vehicles, Ford puts their lineup up against some of the most hazardous conditions that drivers can face on the road. One such condition is high winds. Recently, Ford found a more efficient way to test their vehicles for resistance against those violent gusts and gales.
According to a Ford press release, Ford has created the first mobile wind tunnel used for automotive testing. Traditional vehicle tests use a stationary wind tunnel. Ford has one such device at their testing location in Allen Park. However, Ford has developed a way to create the same wind effect using more mobile design methods. In fact, the mobile win tunnel can be prepared for transport to another separate location in the span of a single day!
“This project was born from a desire to be the best when it comes to controlling and limiting the cabin noise customers are so sensitive to,” said Bill Gulker, Ford wind noise core supervisor. “And our new mobile wind tunnel saves our engineers time and increases productivity. It’s a fine example of the innovation mindset we’re trying to incorporate into everything we do.”
Using technology like this wind tunnel, Ford guarantees that your vehicle will be ready to face whatever nature throws its way.
After going through one of the most challenging crash test gauntlets in the industry, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the second year in a row. With this award, the compact hybrid illustrates that it is not impossible to find a car that has both great fuel economy and safety.
“Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously,” said Steve Kenner, global director of Ford Automotive Safety Office. “We are proud C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”
The C-MAX Hybrid received this honor after receiving the IIHS’ highest possible rating of “good” in moderate overlap front, side, head restraint, and seating crash tests. With standard safety features that include MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, a multitude of both driver and passenger airbags, SOS Post Crash Alert, and a tire pressure monitoring system, it’s easy to see why this hybrid is so safe. Add the available driver-assist features, which include a rearview camera and active park assist, and the C-MAX Hybrid is a force to be reckoned with.
For more information on this Top Safety Pick, stop in to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today!