Every climatic condition in one single chamber.
In SEAT’s Climatic Chamber, materials undergo extreme weather testing to certify their quality and durability. Parts are tested from -40 degrees to 110 degrees Centigrade and sometimes stay up to four months in the chamber to simulate continuous solar radiation. All of this is done to ensure that you get the best quality parts when buying a SEAT car.
“From the desert heat of the Kalahari to the frigid environment of Lapland,” says one SEAT technician, “In this room we reproduce every type of climate on Earth.” This is the Quality department of carmaker SEAT, and they’re working hard to ensure that materials don’t damage or wear in extreme cold or heat.
“If the customer lives in Mexico and their car is exposed to hot sunlight day after day, we have to certify that the colour on the car does not fade.”
RAFAEL BOLÍVAR – SEAT ENGINEER
One day they could be working with a high humidity environment that has salt air that replicates the atmosphere found in coastal regions to make sure that parts don’t corrode, another day they could be working with intense heats to simulate warmer climates to make sure that paint doesn’t fade over time.
Although simulating environments in the Climatic Chamber might seem to be the perfect solution, SEAT’s scientists don’t want to take any risks and send some of their cars to remote locations such as parts of Mexico, Sweden and Germany for up to two years to ensure that their testing is accurate.
Why do they go to this much trouble? Well, the carmaker exports their vehicles to 75 different countries, and ensuring that their cars perform well for a long time is important no matter where they’re delivering to.