It’s called the Automotive Centre of Excellence, but don’t let the name fool you.
There are more than cars, trucks and SUVs being tested in the climatic wind tunnel facility at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa these days. Part of a house, a hovercraft, a bridge segment and even people have been put through their paces since the General Motors ACE opened in June 2011.
The commercial research and development facility has five chambers of varying sizes, including ones that can take huge vehicles such as tractor trailer cabs. At the click of a mouse, operators can simulate any weather condition, from extreme temperatures to hurricane-like winds, bumpy roads and earthquakes. It’s all available for rentals.