Wind tunnels aren’t a new concept in the world of automotive manufacturing, but automakers are constantly working to improve. Honda is the latest automaker to add a brand new multi-million dollar wind tunnel to its list of facilities, or it will at the groundbreaking in June. The new aeroacoustic wind tunnel will cost $124 million and help designers and engineers create quieter cars.
Honda’s new aeroacoustic wind tunnel will feature two roads. The first is a five-belt rolling surface designed to test production vehicles like the Honda Civic and CR-V. The second, a single-belt rolling road, is primarily reserved for high performance and sports cars. When all is said and done, the new facility will be able to test at wind speeds of 192 mph.
Aeroacoustics is the study of the noise created when aerodynamic forces, in this case the wind, act on an object, like a car. The new wind tunnel will help designers and engineers create new wind noise reduction methods.
The new aeroacoustic will tunnel will be built at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio. The groundbreaking is schedule to take place in late summer of 2017.
Here at Babylon Honda, we’re excited for the next generation of aerodynamic designs from Honda!
Since 1983, MotorWeek has been choosing the best cars each year to honor them with its Drivers’ Choice Awards. The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards are the cars that the editors would love to have in their driveways. They focus on a variety of consumer factors including practicality, performance, price, and efficiency.
This year, two Honda models earned the top choice in their segments. The Honda Civic won the award in the small car category, while the CR-V was chosen as the best small utility. This was the second year in a row the Civic has earned this award.
MotorWeek noted that it was impressed with the addition of both coupe and hatchback models to the Civic lineup. The editors love the Civic’s fun-to-drive personality, feature-rich interior, excellent reliability, and its dynamic styling.
As for the CR-V, it arrives fully redesigned for the 2017 model year and MotorWeek loves the thoughtful redesign. For years, the CR-V has been one of the most popular choices in its segment. However, even in this tight, competitive segment, the CR-V continues to stand out with just the right combination of features and overall performance.
Come check out both of these award-winning models, along with the rest of the Honda lineup, available now at Babylon Honda.