Not wanting to rely solely on predictive methods, no matter how accurate, Windshear has now developed a system for shielding the restraint bars from the airflow stream (see photo 3), eliminating all undesired drag forces. Furthermore, the relatively compact and streamline system also has little or no interference effect on the flow field of the vehicle being measured 1. Recent customer testing using the shields has delivered outstanding results, especially to the production car industry where absolute drag levels are critical to determining the overall impact on fuel economy due to aerodynamic drag.
Windshear is a 100% commercial single belt rolling road wind tunnel in Concord, NC. The facility, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Haas Automation Inc., specializes in high fidelity full scale aerodynamic test services for the worldwide motorsports and production car industries. Windshear has a top speed of 180 mph and was designed and built by Jacobs Technology, which also provides ongoing operations and maintenance services. For more information, please contact Windshear at (704) 788-WIND (9463) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.