Ford German lab brings global weather under one roof

If you don’t like the weather in Cologne, Germany, you won’t have to wait five minutes for it to change. Just flick a switch.

Ford’s weather factory, now under construction in the German city, will simulate a range of the world’s most demanding weather conditions – from Arctic frost and desert heat to rainforest humidity.

The Environmental Test Center, due to be fully operational later next year, also will be the first automotive facility to simulate altitudes of 17,060 ft. (5,200 m), about 1,280 ft. (390 m) higher than Mont Blanc, the tallest Alpine peak. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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