This is How Ford Prepares Its Vehicles for Winter

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Sometimes, you have to be cruel to be kind. I have a feeling that that’s something Ford knows well. Its Allen Park climatic wind tunnel in Allen Park, Michigan is proof of that.

That’s where the Blue Oval torture-tests its vehicles in a variety of weather conditions in order to create cars, trucks, and SUVs that can be depended on in the punishing heat and cold that its customers may encounter. Ford says, “Engineers simulate conditions from extreme freezing to blistering desert temperatures, from as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 130 degrees Fahrenheit.”

These days, snow is around the corner in various parts of the country. To prepare its models for winter’s frigid temperatures, Ford fully loads them with passengers and cargo, then simulates blizzards by blowing snow at their front ends at speeds as high as 125 mph. Over the course of four hours, Ford monitors its test subjects to see where snow accumulates and how it affects engine airflow and checks whether or not shift linkages are operating properly.

Those metal guinea pigs are also taken out into the white stuff that covers the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and evaluated for two days.

To see the icy hell that Ford puts its vehicles through (and the world’s coolest Mustang), check out the video below.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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