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2018-06-08 07:19

Robin Classen

Ford's state-of-the-art test centre can simulate conditions more extreme than on top of Europe's highest mountain.

Cars are put through their paces in blistering heat, high winds, heavy rain, high altitudes - or frigid temperatures and deep snow.

All the seasons under one roof

Instead of waiting for specific weather conditions and run the risk of possible crashes, the 'Weather Factory' puts all the seasons under one roof for overall simplicity.

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A vast array of pumps, screens and heavy machinery are used to alter and monitor the different types of conditions, while the car is strapped down and ready to absorb what (artificial) Mother Nature has to throw at it.

Every single spec of data is shown and recorded as the car 'drives' through the simulated conditions so that it is ready to face the actual thing on the outside when it goes into production.

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