06/13/2011 05:01 EDT | Updated 08/13/2011 05:12 EDT

General Motors Automotive Centre For Excellence In Oshawa Boasts One Of The World's Biggest Wind Tunnels


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OSHAWA, Ont. - One of the world's largest wind tunnels is putting cars to the test at a new facility in Oshawa, Ont.

The General Motors Automotive Centre for Excellence opened its doors today at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, after nearly eight years of planning by the school and its partners.

The centre includes a wind tunnel that can produce winds of up to 240 kilometres per hour and temperatures between -40 and 60 degrees.

It also has two climate chambers to test cars under various weather conditions as well as a road simulator.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the facility is the only one of its kind in North America and will help create jobs in the community.

The centre received $14 million in funding from the federal government and another $80 million from the province.