Automotive testing facility investment at Millbrook

Alex Burns breaks ground for new powertrain facilities

Test and engineering organisation invests in chassis and engine test facilities to support developments in 4WD and electric vehicles.

Millbrook has received further investment in its powertrain facilities to expand its capacity and increase its capability to develop higher technology and lower emission and fuel economy engines and vehicles.

This latest investments follow the upgrade of nine test cells in 2015 and will include a further four engine test cells, a new fuel blending facility, 4WD chassis dyno test cell and additional soak space and advanced climatic capability.

Building work is set to commence in March 2016, following an adjusted road layout, which includes installation of new power-lines and a new fire ring mains system to accommodate the new building.

Expected to be operational by November 2016, the new 4WD dynamometer facility will be fully compliant with the new WLTP and will enable Millbrook to test 4WD, high performance and complex hybrid and electric vehicles, to reduce tailpipe emissions, improve fuel economy and ultimately to support the development of low carbon vehicles and less polluting fuels.

Commenting on Millbrook’s latest investment plans, Phil Stones, Head of Powertrain – Emissions and Fuel Economy at Millbrook said: “Millbrook is leading the way in automotive innovation and this new facility will help to cement our position as the UK’s number one facility for benchmarking and developing the most advanced powertrains for future vehicles.”

Chairman of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, explains: “We are proud to support Millbrook in its exciting plans for high quality, sustainable growth in the South East Midlands. The new high power capabilities that Millbrook will be able to offer, once these advanced facilities have been built, will support the development of the UK’s growing number of niche luxury and high performance marques.”

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