Since 1988, Car Research & Development (CRD) has been involved in the development of innovative products as well as just-in-time production of special vehicle series. A part of the BRABUS Group, CRD works for global auto industry as well as its national importers.
Its references include a number of well-known brands like Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, SsangYong, Hyundai, KIA, Opel, Jaguar, Land Rover, Range Rover, Saab, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Subaru and Infiniti. CRD provides diverse services including market analysis as well as designing and engineering special models.
It also designs accessories programs and is involved in flexible just-in-time production of special model series. As specified by customers, CRD can roll out the products at its Bottrop site or deliver directly to the assembly lines. CRD can also manufacture at the vehicle preparation centers (PDIs) located at the importers' ports of destination.
CRD is made up of a team of engineers, designers and marketing specialists who could design and develop products, according to the latest market trends and legal requirements. To ensure precision, the company employs state-of-the-art CAD technology in all their projects.
It builds models in highly secured areas, only giving access to authorized personnel. CRD implements the same measures at its workshops where it builds prototypes and where it digitizes finished models for creating the required tools and dies.
Moreover, its production facilities and storage spaces are guarded 24 hours a day. Transportation of customers' products is managed by the CRD logistics center. CRD employs latest-generation stationary and dynamic test benches when developing complete engines or performance kits, or when testing and calibrating procedures.
Furthermore, CRD has its own proving ground wherein it tests its products, making the company a perfect partner for the ECE homologation of a wide range of vehicles. This proving ground features a shake test track with Belgian Block cobblestone, a certified configurable noise measuring track and a skid pad.
At the upcoming 2009 IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, CRD will have its presence felt at stand hall 5, wherein the company will unveil a concept car for Infiniti. The five-door "Limited Edition" concept car will have two versions – the FX37S powered by a 3.7-liter (226 cu. in.) V6 engine and the FX50S powered by a 5.0-liter (305 cu. in.) V8 engine.
The V6 and V8 engines develop 320 hp (316 bhp/ 235.5 kW) and 390 hp (385 bhp/ 287 kW), respectively. Both the FX37S and the FX50S are black or white.
These models are distinguished by special 21-inch turbine-design light-alloy wheels. These wheels are finished in gray, so are the concept's front grille and side air inlets in the front fenders as well as the roof carrier. Finest leather from CRD's upholstery shop wraps the upper part of the concept's dashboard and the upper section of all four door panels.