After years of conducting crash tests at the VERF (Vehicle Experimental Research Facility), in 2018, Calspan opened a brand new, state-of-the-art, 58,000 square foot (5388.4 m2) Vehicle Crash Test Laboratory. This crash lab is conveniently located directly across the street from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
This crash lab was designed based on industry best practices and customer recommendations. Which resulted in a lab with safety, security, and efficiency features not found anywhere else in North America. Moreover, its propulsion system, rail, trolleys (tow skates) and photo pits are by MESSRING (considered the gold standard). Plus, it is highly secure, fully enclosed and climate controlled facility is between 69-72 °F (20.6- 22.2 °C) year round. Ideal temperatures for Calspan’s large fleet of crash test dummies. Which are one of many the reasons it was named Crash Test Facility of the Year two years in a row.
Our crash halls are outfitted with test equipment by MESSRING - The "Gold Standard". The combination of their propulsion system and MicroTrack results in accurate and precise test results.
Since all facilities, personnel and test equipment is located under one roof, Calspan is able to meet the tightest test deadlines. This also means, testing is not affected by the weather.