There are two ways an automaker can test its vehicles in extreme climates: it can send said vehicle around the world – from Death Valley to the Arctic Circle – in search of the harshest weather, or it can recreate those conditions in an enclosed environment.
2016 Shelby GT350 5.2-liter V8 “Voodoo” engine is capable of delivering 550hp at revs as high as 8,000 rpm thanks to the lowered rotating mass of the flat-plane crankshaft. However, all that power is nothing without control. Weather testing is an important step in vehicle development and will assure new cars will perform at their best regardless of the environmental conditions.
Because Ford wants to ensure that your GT350 performs at its best under the utmost extreme weather conditions they’ve been busy at their Drivability Test Facility. The climate chamber test will push the vehicle to its operating limits. Ford can simulate (among other things):
– Temperatures ranging from -40*(F) to 131*
– A controlled humidity environment
– The arid dry sun
– Varying vehicle wind speeds
– Altitude changes
All of this can be done while under load on a dynamometer as well.
It is an accurate and intricate process, and now you have the chance to watch as the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 goes through its testing paces.
Have you driven your car in a severe weather like this? If yes, please share your experience in comments’ section below. Gentlemen, start your engines.