FCA releases What’s Behind’s second videoSeptember 10, 2019
In the first series, viewers saw how in Swedish Arjeplog cars are tested in extremely low temperatures. Now the crew was in Upington on the border with Botswana and Namibia, where experts check how cars behave under the scorching African sun.
FCA conducts most of the trials in southern Europe and Sicily. However, Upington is needed by the company because car development is not always possible to adapt to changing the season in the northern hemisphere. In addition, Upington is one of the hottest cities in South Africa. This is the best place to evaluate the car in border or extreme conditions.
Every vehicle launched into production should work effectively in all weather conditions, the press release said. High temperatures throughout the year allow continuous testing. Particular attention is paid to the engine, cooling system, air conditioning and fuel. The strength of the materials is also checked.
Unlike Arjeplog, Upington does not have a testing ground. Nature has already created the conditions necessary for evaluating the performance of a car. Technicians working in South Africa not only drive, but also analyze the collected data. The operation of all vehicle systems is monitored and any deviation is immediately diagnosed. In one session, a team of 20 technicians manages to test about 12 cars.
South Africa is an ideal place to test cars, according to representatives of the concern. The main advantage is the availability of fuel with characteristics similar to European. All tested vehicles have special numbers that allow them not to comply with speed limits and move at a speed of more than 200 km / h on a 55-kilometer stretch of track. An interesting fact: when conducting tests surrounded by African nature on the roads, a meeting with representatives of the local fauna is possible. If in Europe it is natural to meet a herd of cows on alpine pastures, then in South Africa you are more likely to see a zebra.
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