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Full-Scale Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel

HORIBA MIRA operates the UK’s only full-scale aerodynamic wind tunnel.

The facility is primarily designed for automotive and motorsport product development and provides a repeatable, cost-effective solution for the aerodynamic test and development for a wide range of vehicles.

Full-Scale Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel

The wind tunnel is also used for testing a variety of non-automotive products that require safety testing under extreme wind speeds such as: 

  • Street furniture 
  • UAVs / drones 
  • Antennas / satellite dishes 
  • Wind turbines 
  • Civil structures 
  • Windows and greenhouses 
  • Life rafts 

The wind tunnel is also a great location for filming purposes and events and has been used for a wide range of activities including: 

  • TV shows and films 
  • Promotional videos 
  • Documentaries 
  • Music videos 

If you’re looking to test or film in environmental conditions such as snow, rain, heat or humidity (as well as wind) then check out our CWT One and CWT Two facilities. 

Wind Tunnel Specifications 

  • Test section area: 15m (L) x 7.9m (W) x 4.4m (H) with a cross-sectional frontal area of 35m2 
  • Maximum wind speed: 36m/s (equivalent to 130km/h) 
  • Maximum weight for the turntable: 4000kg 
  • Balance for measurement of drag, lift and side forces 
  • Yaw, pitch and roll and yaw angles: +/- 180 degrees 
  • Evaluation of rolling, pitching and yawing moments 
  • 46 channel pressure measurement system 
  • Frontal area measurements able to be taken 
  • Flow visualisation using: conventional smoke wand, wool tufts (tell-tails) and fluorescent pigments