New facility provides testing capability for CEC fuels

Millbrook engine test cell

Fuel testing to European CEC requirements will soon be available at Millbrook with the creation of new engine test cells at the facility.

Development of the Millbrook Group powertrain facility is progressing to schedule, with the expectation that the new engine test cells will be completed and ready for use by the end of June.

The expansion will include four new engine test cells designed primarily for CEC (Coordinating European Council) fuels testing, which will allow Millbrook to provide customers with fuels testing in compliance with The CEC requirements.

This follows on from completion of the move of the main road through the site to provide infrastructure and space, as well as upgrades to the existing test cells for enhanced performance and emissions development capabilities. The development of the new test cells forms part of significant ongoing investment in Millbrook’s Powertrain department with committed spend reaching £11m this year alone, ensuring that Millbrook remains a state of the art proving ground.

The new Powertrain facility will have four engine test cells, a central control room, a purpose built fuel blending area and integrated delivery system.

Phil Stones, Chief Engineer Powertrain at Millbrook said: “This further investment in Millbrook’s capabilities allows us to increase our support for the petrochemical industry where the development in fuels continues at a pace in order to keep up with new engine technology, increased levels of biofuel content and the search for better fuel economy. This complements our other test facilities and allows us to provide an outstanding service to our customers with our chassis dynamometer and unique proving ground facilities.”

Alex Burns, CEO of Millbrook Group said: “At Millbrook we are continually reviewing and updating our facilities in order to ensure we are the number one facility for all automotive testing applications in the UK. Our independent and impartial service is crucial to clients and we look forward to the launch of the new Engine Test Cell facility and the increased capabilities of our Powertrain team.”

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