Indianapolis-based Auto Research Center
(ARC) is expecting more work from automakers as the quest for improved fuel efficiency
heightens. Currently only 10 percent of the company's work involves production vehicles; the rest is from race cars. But future projects could take up to half of the center's schedule as the demand grows for more aerodynamic vehicles. ARC just finished a 31,000-square-foot expansion, including more office space to handle research projects involving mainstream vehicles. The next big step is a $100 million wind tunnel that can test full-size vehicles. The center's current wind tunnel handles half-scale models.
[Source: Ted Evanoff / Indianapolis Star]