Mercedes-Benz recently opened its new aeroacoustic wind tunnel at the development center of the company in Sindelfingen, the official website of Mercedes-Benz revealed. The wind tunnel is the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre where the company has invested over €230 million. The center also features a climate tunnel and driving simulator center. The company is currently working on a technology center for vehicle safety in the same location.
Mercedes-Benz Cars Head Dr. Dieter Zetsche said the launch of the aeroacoustic wind tunnel shows that Sindelfingen is the heart of the automobile industry. European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger was present in the official inauguration of the facility. The wind tunnel will allow the company to maintain its leadership offering aerodynamically and aeroacoustic vehicles in the market.
The aeroacoustic wind tunnel of Mercedes-Benz provides exceptional flow quality, reduced background noise levels, high efficiency and advanced roadway simulation. The Göttingen design of the wind tunnel redirects air into the blower after a section is measured. The air would be accelerated again to 265 km/h. The integrated noise insulation of the wind tunnel facilitates the measurement of both exterior and interior wind noise.
The main feature of the wind tunnel is its five-belt system that is utilized in simulating different road conditions. Test vehicles can also be subjected to different air flow angles through its integrated turntable. This facilitates a realistic simulation of crosswinds on the test vehicle.
Engineers will have the capability of positioning a number of aerodynamic sensors around a test vehicle die to the traversing system of the wind tunnel. This is necessary to ensure accurate aerodynamic optimization and measurements of test vehicles.
The aerodynamic specialists of Mercedes-Benz have been considered as the best in the industry for nearly thirty years. The BlueEFFICIENCY model of the latest CLA Class is the current record holder in the market. It offers a 0.22 Cd value and 0.49 sq. m of wind resistance area. The latest model of the S-Class also offers and enhanced drag coefficient that makes it the standard in its category and is considered as the best saloon in the market.
With the opening of the new aeroacoustic wind tunnel, Mercedes-Benz is expected to offer more innovative and standard-setting vehicles in the future.