Jaguar Land Rover has launched an 11,120-sq. ft. new engineering test center in Dubai, UAE, replacing a smaller facility in the city. The center will be responsible for conducting extreme hot weather vehicle research, development, and testing for the carmaker. Dubai is considered as an ideal venue for hot climate testing, thanks to temperatures that reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit during summer.
Located in the Al Barsha area of Dubai, the new test center will offer a wide range of capabilities, including high temperature durability, calibration, and testing. The engineering team at the new center will also test powertrains, chassis and heat and ventilation systems, as well as the off-road and sand driving capability of the Land Rover Terrain Response system.
Martyn Hollingsworth, Jaguar Land Rover Director of Engineering Technical Services, remarked that the carmaker has ambitious plans for growth, and since 2008 the company has been investing to enhance its engineering capability to help it deliver an “unprecedented number” of new and refreshed Jaguar and Land Rover models.
He noted that the carmaker’s new facility in Dubai is four times larger of the previous test center, and will allowed them to enhance testing of future products and technologies. Hollingsworth said that the carmaker’s engineering team is focused on the quality and durability of their products – of which rigorous environmental testing plays a vital role.