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Twenty-four hours a day and five days a week or more, the General Motors Aero Lab bustles with the business of aerodynamics testing, cooling optimization, and wind-noise reduction for current and future models. "The Aero Lab wind tunnel simulates a vehicle moving through the air by moving air past a stationary, instrumented vehicle," GM North America Lead Design Engineer Thomas Froling tells VETTE. "It is used most often to measure and optimize aerodynamic forces (especially drag), wind noise, and the airflow through the radiator and condenser (for engine cooling and air conditioning). Construction began in 1977, and the first tests were in August 1980."Twenty-four hours a day and five days a week or more, the General Motors Aero Lab bustles with the business of aerodynamics testing, cooling optimization, and wind-noise reduction for current and future models. "The Aero Lab wind tunnel simulates a vehicle moving through the air by moving air past a stationary, instrumented vehicle," GM North America Lead Design Engineer Thomas Froling tells VETTE. "It is used most often to measure and optimize aerodynamic forces (especially drag), wind noise, and the airflow through the radiator and condenser (for engine cooling and air conditioning). Construction began in 1977, and the first tests were in August 1980."

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