Sauber unveils windtunnel

Sauber has taken the wraps off its state-of-the-art windtunnel at its Hinwil headquarters, which it believes can push it further up the grand prix grid

Sauber unveils windtunnel

The new closed-circuit windtunnel design is the most expensive yet built by an F1 team. It cost £31.5million and has taken almost a year to construct. Following its calibration phase in February, work will commence on improving its C23 chassis in time for the European races, which start at the end of April.

"Aerodynamics is the primary factor affecting a modern Formula 1 car," said team principal Peter Sauber. "Consequently, the windtunnel is the primary tool for creating a successful racing car. With the top teams having made enormous progress particularly in this area in recent years, we have a lot to catch up on."

Wind speeds of up to 300kph can be produced, while the same velocity is achieved by the steel belt of the 'Rolling Road'. In order to simulate cornering or side-slip conditions of up to 10-degrees, the entire rolling road platform can be rotated.

Sauber's engineers will usually work with 60 per cent scale models, although certain measurements can be made on full-size F1 cars too. The tunnel also features a hospitality area that can be used by Sauber's partners and sponsors for exclusive special events.

Sauber added: "The new windtunnel, in terms of its overall concept, is truly unique. It visibly documents our prime objective of continually improving the competitiveness of our team and of ensuring that Hinwil remains an attractive location over the long run."

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