The objective was clear: wind tunnel tests were to further reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures of all models. This is why the Wind Tunnel Efficiency Center is a research center of superlatives. It forms part of the overall infrastructure project for Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg.
In future, two new wind tunnels are to ensure precise measurements under extreme conditions: a thermal wind tunnel and the combined aerodynamic/aeroacoustic wind tunnel. The figures speak for themselves, as a brief summary will show.
1. The area of 1,000 Volkswagen Passat Cars
With an area of 8,800 square meters, the new Wind Tunnel Efficiency Center takes up about as much space as around 1,000 parked Volkswagen Passats.