Katarina Witt Tests New BMW Environmental Centre [Video]
"I heard you can make weather here," Witt greeted the Manager of Efficient Dynamics at the BMW Group, Johannes Liebl. "I'd like to have some sun - I've had enough ice and snow this last winter."
So Witt experienced the summer feeling “driving” a BMW Z4 convertible in the climatic wind tunnel.
Aside from the tunnel, which can reproduce speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h), temperature (from minus 10°C to plus 45°C), sun, wind and humidity under simulated conditions, there are also four other thermal wind tunnels and test chambers in the ETC.
The BMW Group's Olympic ambassador then changed into a winter outfit and headed into the cold chamber. "There's supposed to be ice here. Can I get out my ice skates?" asked Witt.
"Normally the cold start and de-icing tests take place here, because our vehicles have to work even under extreme conditions, such as in northern countries or Alaska", explained Liebl.
In the ETC environmental wind tunnel, precipitation can be simulated in different aggregate states, for example snow and rain.
"It’s absolutely fascinating – I wouldn't have thought that you could produce snow at the push of a button. And the experts even thought of the perfect car for me. A BMW ActiveHybrid X6 with the logo from Munich's bid for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” Witt added. "The logo remained completely free of snow and ice and easy to recognize. BMW is optimally equipped for the winter.
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