Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility

An exciting project to turn a disused Victorian-era railway tunnel into a state-of-the-art vehicle testing facility is moving through the gears as the finishing line grows nearer.

The £12 million Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility (CARF) is utilising the disused Catesby Tunnel to create an indoor, fully-controllable vehicle testing centre.

Almost 3km-long and perfectly straight, the tunnel provides a stable underground environment in which vehicles can be driven at high speeds to monitor their aerodynamic performance.

More accurate and efficient than a wind tunnel, the CARF will be the only testing facility of its kind available for hire and is expected to attract interest from across the world, ranging from cycling and motorsport teams to major vehicle manufacturers.

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