As part of a busy day yesterday that included the revelation of its 2014 driver pairing and its owner, Tony Fernandes, threatening to leave Formula One if he doesn’t start seeing better results on the track, Caterham also revealed the move of their wind tunnel program to the Toyota Motorsports facility in Cologne, Germany.
“The [Toyota] facility allows us to run at 60 percent scale, more than the 50 percent scale we have been using to date, and that has obvious benefits in increasing the accuracy of the data generated in the tunnel,” team principal Cyril Abiteboul said during yesterday’s “media day” at Caterham’s headquarters in Leafield, England.
After finishing last in the 2013 constructor’s championship, Caterham can use any sort of advantage it can get as it tries not only to beat fellow backmarker Marussia but to finally score World Championship points in its fifth season of competition.
Toyota’s Cologne facility actually has two wind tunnels that each boast a steel belt rolling road capable of reaching speeds of 70 meters per second. The facility was the heart of Toyota’s former Formula One team, which competed from 2002 to 2009, and currently serves as the base of its World Endurance Championship team, Toyota Hybrid Racing.