Windshear Inc. is looking forward to another successful year after Formula One’s regulatory body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), lifted its ban on teams using full-scale wind tunnels.
Under the ban, imposed over a year ago, F1 teams could only perform a limited number of tests on scale models less than 60% full size. However, following changes to Formula One’s Sporting Regulations in December 2009, the teams can now perform up to six, one-day aerodynamic tests at either an FIA approved test track or a full-scale wind tunnel test facility.
As owner of one of the world’s most advanced automotive wind tunnels, Windshear stands to benefit significantly from the new rule. The tunnel is the first full-scale, single-belt, 180mph rolling-road wind tunnel in the world to be 100% commercially available.
Anticipating the FIA’s decision, Windshear has made several investments toward continuous improvement, including a groundbreaking, wheel side-force measurement technology and improved temperature compensation. As Jeffrey Bordner explains: “Formula One teams have the highest standards for data quality. This is the type of critical information that our customers are looking for when they use our facility.”