Prototypes and Experiments

Wind Tunnels: Not New, Just Better

I recently came across the photo above. Some of you may recognize the Ford GT40 “J Car”. I immediately recognized Ford Wind Tunnel #2.

In my line of work, I am constantly dealing with wind tunnels. Most of my work involves climatic tunnels, but occasionally I get to play in an aerodynamic tunnel. The interesting thing is, the basic principles of a wind tunnel are the same no matter the year the tunnel was built or its purpose. Physics doesn’t change.

That makes for some interesting juxtapositions. Like watching video of a 2006 Ford GT, the descendent of the J-car above, in a wind tunnel.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”480″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EjFkPL_H_4[/youtube]

[Image Credit: Ford Racing Archives]

  • OA5599

    Engineerd™ apparently thinks $kay doesn't visit this side of the house frequently enough.

    • First, I have almost as strong of a love of the GT/GT40 as $kay.

      Second, was it that obvious?

      • OA5599

        1. Maybe, in the way a minor league baseball player is almost Babe Ruth.

        2. So obvious, I wondered why there wasn't a $kaybait tag.

  • $kaycog

    Here I am, engineerd! I love it! That video really blows me away.

    • I figured you would like it with some gust-o.

      • That's because of her breezy attitude…

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