£multi-million boost for Millbrook to develop vehicle of the future

Millbrook, one of Europe’s leading design, test and engineering solution providers for the automotive, public transport, energy and defence markets, has announced plans to build a high-tech four wheel drive chassis dynamometer test cell at its 700 acre proving ground in Bedfordshire.

Following the award of a £1.95m government grant in April 2014, the world-renowned test and technology facility has been moving forward with its plans, which aim to place it as the UK’s leading location for research and development in advanced propulsion and emissions reduction.

The new facility will enable Millbrook’s customers to develop innovative ways of improving air quality, focussing heavily on hybridisation, electrification and the development of less polluting fuels.

The four wheel drive chassis dyno will ensure tests are carried out in a climate controlled environment, with appropriate instrumentation for gathering highly accurate emissions and fuel measurements.

Millbrook is currently seeking professional architectural services to assist with the design and construction of this high-tech facility, and recently held a supplier day for 40 potential contributors to the project.

Chief executive of Millbrook, Alex Burns explained: “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.

“Our recent supplier day was the initial step in getting this exciting project off the ground. We felt that having a number of potential partners collaborating in one room was the ideal solution in terms of gathering information, building strong foundations for the project and sharing best practice.

“We are thrilled to be starting the New Year with an initiative that looks set to change the future of the automotive industry, and look forward to updating you on our progress throughout the year.”