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Atlas Copco Compressors and Haas CNC Racing


Atlas Copco Compressors and Haas CNC Racing Form Multi-Year Strategic Partnership

Atlas Copco Compressors and Haas CNC Racing have joined forces on a new, state-of-the-art, $40 million wind tunnel under construction in Concord, NC. The wind tunnel will be the only one of its kind in the world available for rent by racing teams and manufacturers. In addition to the wind tunnel partnership, Atlas Copco will sponsor the #70 Haas Automation car for the Loudon, NH race scheduled for July 1, 2007 and several other races throughout the 2007 and 2008 NASCAR Nextel Cup seasons.
The wind tunnel features a single belt rolling road system, the first of its kind in North America. A continuous steel belt running under the vehicle simulates the road beneath a racecar traveling on a speedway. It is the most accurate aerodynamic road simulation possible in the industry today, and it offers repeatability that is key to gathering valid, usable data.
The wind tunnel is being constructed at a site adjacent to Concord Regional Airport in Cabarrus County, NC. "Being at the airport will be very convenient for teams from other parts of the United States and the world," according to Gene Haas, owner of Haas CNC Racing. "They can transport their vehicles by plane and access the wind tunnel without having to move off site. That is a tremendous added feature, over and above the uniqueness of the wind tunnel itself."
Data gathered in the controlled conditions of a wind tunnel can be applied by racing teams to improve the aerodynamics of racecars. "With competition so fierce at the Nextel Cup level, drivers and teams look for every possible advantage," according to Johnny Sauter, who drives for Haas CNC Racing. "We’re excited about being able to test and refine design concepts in the wind tunnel so they’re already at a high state of development the first time they see a speedway."
Crucial to this partnership is Atlas Copco's global experience with wind tunnels and other leading edge technologies, as well as local engineering support provided through Atlas Copco Compressors. "We are very excited to partner with the Haas CNC Racing organization," said Jim Bruce, Atlas Copco’s Eastern Regional Vice President. "Both organizations share a passion for innovation and a commitment developing technology to improve our everyday lives, so this partnership is a great fit for both teams. The exposure through NASCAR will allow us to accelerate our strategy to get closer to our customers with the best value in the industry."