The high-tech Energy and Environmental Test Centre (ETC) in Munich owned by the BMW Group has tested the Olympic Torch ahead of its 70-day Olympic Relay around the United Kingdom. The ETC has some of the most extreme weather systems in the world. It is also capable of imitating hostile environments on earth from the Arctic Tundra to the Sahara Desert with the laboratory's temperature range of between -20C and +55C.
This facility is generally used to asses the performance of the company's automobiles through two climatic test chambers and three wind tunnels. It can also generate a maximum wind speed of 280 km/h, which is greater than those produced in most hurricanes. Moreover, the test center can reproduce an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level, which is four times higher than Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom.
BMW was the natural option to house a tailored variety of assessments created by LOCOG and Tecosim, which is the engineering partner of the Olympic Torch. The automaker is the Official Automotive Partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is also an expert in innovative testing and efficiency.
The Olympic Torch must continue to be ablaze as it travels around the United Kingdom, enduring all British weather conditions including churning winds on the Shetland Islands, the summer heat of the South coast of England and the icy temperatures at the peak of Snowdon.
The Olympic Torch can withstand these weather conditions after going through the rigorous testing procedure. In conclusion, the Torch has withstood some extreme weather conditions at the BMW test center. It was able to endure a temperature range of between -5C and +40C and wind speed of up to +50 mph. Snow was converging in front of the torch and driving rain, but the flame continued to blaze all throughout.