Honda Thursday announced a new investment of $124 million to establish a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility to advance vehicle innovation and enhance the world-class testing facilities at the TRC in East Liberty.
A groundbreaking should take place in late summer.
The new aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility will reinforce Honda's commitment to developing fuel-efficient and fun to drive performance-based vehicles.
The wind tunnel will utilize a unique interchangeable belt system capable of testing both production vehicles and race cars.
It features a five-belt rolling road system designed for the development of production vehicles and a second, single-wide belt system designed for testing high-performance sports cars and purpose-built racing vehicles.
Wind speeds of up to 192 mph can be produced in the tunnel.
The aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility will have ample space for four secure and confidential customer bays and provide the opportunity for use by customers other than Honda.
The advanced acoustic design will drive the next generation of wind noise reduction by utilizing a strategic system of microphones and cameras set up to measure and identify potential noise issues on both the exterior and interior of a vehicle during the development stage.
Honda of America Mfg. purchased TRC from the state of Ohio in January of 1988.
OSU was a major beneficiary as $6 million of the sale went to the College of Engineering at Ohio State to establish a transportation research endowment fund.
TRC has continued to operate as an independent testing and research facility with surplus funds from the operation of TRC funding other endowments at the College of Engineering.
Over $54 million generated by TRC has gone to Ohio State to support and advance transportation research.
This relationship is evident in the wind tunnel project as well, with Ohio State investing in faculty, staff and students to work alongside Honda researchers at TRC.