One of the absolutely biggest advantages with my job as a photographer is that it takes me places that i would never ever go, or be able to go to otherwise. You could say that my camera opens a lot of doors that are usually locked. And my trip to Volvos own windtunnel outside of Gothenburg a while back was a typical case of door opening magic happening. You wont get in there unless you are invited or work there. I went there with fellow automotive-shooter Richard Sjösten and the pr-man of TTA Johan Meissner to shoot the testing of the brand new TTA racecars.
Volvo is like fort Knox, you need the right papers to get in there, and it´s like that for obvious reasons. There is a lot of stuff going on behind the fences with future products in development. And this might be historic in a way since it could have been the first time a Saab was in Volvos own windtunnel. 🙂
This was the first time for all three of us visiting a wind tunnel and it wasn´t just me that thought it was a really cool place. They performed some serious testing in there since it cost around 80000 sek to rent it, per day! So we were quick between each run. It has a huge fan that pushes the air in speeds up to 250km/h, that´s a lot of air. But i think the favorite moment, for all of us, was when they took out the smoke machine. We we´re like kids in a candyshop running around trying to get different angles. When the smoke was on they ran the fan at a very low speed, otherwise you wouldn´t see it. But trust me, it was windy enough in there.
Here are some of the images from the weekend. The Volvo looks really cool, and now when i have seen the other cars in their final stage i got to say that i look forward to see sixteen of these battling it out on our racetracks this year.