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Volkswagon just opened a $38 million testing facility on Monday that can simulate the worst weather that green-loving bitch Mother Nature can throw at a car. Temperatures can range between -40 to 302 degrees F in conditions simulating direct sun exposure and humidity up to 95 percent saturation. What, no 100%? It doesn't rain? I can simulate that in my $200 shower! German engineering in the house, for real.
Other innovations include "upstream conditioning boxes", or modular storage units that allow VW to test up to 50 cars, twice a day. The place looks like a really nice storage rental facility. I wonder if they'll test my futon next. Hit the jump for more pictures.
VW Opens New Climate Center [autoblog]