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Force India switches to Toyota wind tunnel

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Force India has announced it will switch its aerodynamic testing to Toyota's wind tunnel from 2015 onwards, halting the use of its own facility in Brackley.

The team will upgrade to the 60% scale wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany, which has been used for testing by Caterham in 2014. Team boss Vijay Mallya believes the switch is crucial in Force India's aspirations to continue moving up the grid.

"The decision to use Toyota's facility in Cologne is indicative of our ambitions to continue as a competitive force in Formula One," Mallya said. "It's one of the most significant decisions in our history and gives us access to what is regarded as one of the finest wind tunnels in the world. We have used the facility previously on an ad hoc basis and we are aware of the advantages of basing all our aerodynamic research in Cologne. It will strengthen our approach and give us a solid base to build upon for the years to come."

The Brackley facility will remain operation and "available for external customers".

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