Beware, your ears might be about to pop. From 58 meters below sea level at Furnace Creek, we're flying up to 5200 meters above. Welcome to Everest North Base Camp, high in the Tibetan Himalayas.
(By the way, as our engineers move around the facility, they have to acclimatise to air pressure conditions, just like mountaineers.)
Up here we check not only how vehicles deal with high altitude and pressure, but also how they cope with the weather in those environments. For that, our wind tunnel simulates hurricane force winds. We can also throw in rain, cold, heat or snow for good measure.
While we're wrapped up warm, let's pop over the Himalayas and up to eastern Siberia, inside the Arctic circle.
Here, the average winter temperature is a chilly -40˚C. Defrosting windscreens, cold starts, heating — this is the ideal environment for testing how vehicles perform in the coldest conditions. Especially because we're actually in Cologne and when we do go outside it isn't 40 below.