Cars are a lot like humans, in that they enjoy the same sorts of temperatures. If it’s too hot or too cold, they may not operate properly, if at all. So when development engineers stay in hotels literally made of ice, you know that the vehicles parked outside their rooms are in a frozen hell. But that’s how it goes when GM develops its vehicles in extreme environments, and provides a level of insight for engineers that simulations in controlled environments can’t replicate.
So, as much as we all hated the winter of 2013-2014, weather such as this helps test the durability of cars. And humans, too.