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Aston Martin's Technical Director Dan Fallows has outlined the importance of the new facility under construction (Feature Image Credit: @AltavelocidadF1 on Twitter)
Aston Martin's Technical Director Dan Fallows has outlined the importance of the new facility under construction (Feature Image Credit: @AltavelocidadF1 on Twitter)

Aston Martin new wind tunnel to be “world-class facility”

Silverstone-based team pinning future hopes on new facility currently under construction, including a state-of-the-art wind tunnel

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Aston Martin is a sleeping giant preparing to roar. Technical Director Dan Fallows has now confirmed when their new wind tunnel facility will be operational, and when the team will begin to see the benefit. 

Aston Martin's new facility including a state-of-the-art wind tunnel is currently under construction (Image Credit: @Jefferson_MFG on Twitter)
Aston Martin’s new facility including a state-of-the-art wind tunnel is currently under construction (Image Credit: @Jefferson_MFG on Twitter)

The Silverstone-based team had a mixed year in 2022. Enduring a challenging and off-the-pace start to the season, Aston Martin bounced back in the second half of the season. The team secured P7 in the Constructors’ Championship, finishing on 55 points, the same number as rivals Alfa Romeo.

Two disappointing seasons for the British team hide the significant investment made by Aston Martin CEO Lawrence Stroll.

An entire new factory and team base is currently under construction that will overhaul Aston Martin’s operation.

Sergio Perez, a former driver at the team when it raced under the guise of Racing Point, believes the team will battle at the front of the grid next year. Fallows has recently said the team is planning a more aggressive approach to car development next season. 

A key part of this new facility is the wind tunnel. As reported by motorsport.com, Fallows has now confirmed the wind tunnel will be “online in the middle of 2024”, highlighting that the 2025 challenger is likely the first car to see the benefit from this:

“The target for the wind tunnel is to be online in the middle of 2024. We’re hoping that will have at least some contribution to the ’25. I think depending on how the commissioning and things of the tunnel goes, that will be probably the first car that will have a significant impact with the new tunnel.”

The new factory will be operational by “next year with various stages”, which will benefit the team next year when applying upgrades: “In terms of the factory itself, that’s coming online next year with various stages, so we’re hoping that the cars prior to that will see the benefit of the new factory as well.

“Inevitably when you build a wind tunnel you have to go through a commissioning process, And that’s really just to determine that it’s going to give you the numbers you expect to see”.

Fallows also revealed Aston Martin has been conducting testing using Mercedes’ wind tunnel, adding that the champions from 2014 to 2021 will provide the benchmark for its new facility.

Fallows also has the expectation the new wind tunnel will be “a world-class facility”.

“We’re fortunate enough to be testing in the Mercedes wind tunnel, which is a very high quality facility, so we need to make sure our new facility is giving results which are consistent with those. There’s no doubt that it will be a world-class facility, and having access to that 24/7 if required is obviously very important.”

The new wind tunnel is being built with the mindset that ,as the team moves up the grid and it loses aerodynamic testing time, Aston Martin can still “experiment” using its new facility.

“As we improve and our wind tunnel runs availability that we have from the Aerodynamic Testing Restrictions goes down, clearly we wouldn’t be spending as much time in the tunnel, but having your own facility means you can do other experiments as well, which is invaluable, and something we don’t necessarily have the luxury of doing at the moment sharing the tunnel with another team.”

Feature Image Credit: @AltavelocidadF1 on Twitter

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