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Tuesday, June 21 2022 - 22:00
Pininfarina Wind Tunnel celebrates 50 years of excellence in aerodynamic and aeroacoustic research
TORINO, Italy, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Pininfarina celebrates another important milestone in its history: half a 
century of excellence in aerodynamic and aeroacoustic research. In 1972, 
exactly 50 years ago, Pininfarina became a leader in this sector when then 
Chairman Sergio Pininfarina inaugurated the Wind Tunnel in Grugliasco, near 
Turin. It was Italy's first wind tunnel to be built for testing full-scale 
cars, at the time one of only seven in the world.
The Wind Tunnel has always been a cutting-edge strategic tool for OEMs in the 
automotive sector. The advent of electric mobility, introducing new challenges 
in the field of aerodynamic and aeroacoustic development, has made it even more 
decisive in the search for increasing autonomy and interior comfort. The Wind 
Tunnel has also proved to be a powerful tool for testing and developing 
products across all sectors in which Pininfarina is fully committed. Examples 
include aircrafts, high-speed trains, yachts, buildings, wind engineering, 
industrial design and sporting goods.

"The Wind Tunnel has given our Company a considerable competitive edge, being 
the only design company to own one. Born as a tool with which Pininfarina 
developed its own projects, today it's a strategic asset for the Group, thus 
expanding the portfolio of services that we offer to the market: an activity 
that supports other sectors beyond the automotive, from transportation to 
architecture, from nautical to industrial design", CEO Silvio Pietro Angori.

The Pininfarina Wind Tunnel, which also boasts a new logo made especially for 
its first 50 years, is future-oriented. Its testing capabilities are being 
constantly improved thanks to the development of innovative measurement 
techniques in both the aerodynamic and aeroacoustic fields. It's also one of 
the few in the world to have a TGS - Turbulence Generator System able to create 
various conditions of controlled turbulence, associated with gusts of wind, 
overtaking manoeuvres, cross winds and vortices generated by cars ahead. The 
Ground Effect Simulation System, instead, allows faithfully reproducing real 
vehicle motion conditions.  

"I am very proud to share with you the celebrations for something that was born 
out of my Father's genius. Without a doubt Pininfarina has a real passion for 
aerodynamics. And it's a passion that has lasted more than 50 years, long 
before my father decided to build this structure. It all began with my 
grandfather Pinin, whose visionary intuition in aerodynamics is exemplified 
since the Lancia Aprilia Aerodinamica produced in 1936," said Chairman Paolo 


Source:  Pininfarina