Jaguar Land Rover opens larger engineering test center in Dubai

Article by Anita Panait, on May 16, 2013

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.

Jaguar F-Type continues Jaguar’s tradition of muscular elegance, but advances this with new and assertive design language. The car has two “heartlines” that define both its profile and top-down views in just two bold strokes. The first main heartline theme starts with the blade cutting through the shark-like gills on the side of the grille. It runs up then forms the top crease of the car’s fender line, which provides the sight lines that help you do cornering maneuvers. This line leads the eye toward the front fender’s top, which is emphasized by the headlamps’ design, and then towards the door, before gracefully fading to the rear.

This sweeping line is mimicked by the feature line running from the side vent. Together with the "lightcatcher" surface detailing found above the sill, this line conveys a sense of speed. The lightcatcher surface detailing likewise lets the door surface to be wrapped around the car’s side, producing a fuselage effect.

Meanwhile, the second "heartline" seemingly swells out and forms the muscular haunch at the rear before it sweeps dramatically around the car’s rear. The tail’s clean and sleek lines are partly made possible by an active rear spoiler that deploys to reduce aerodynamic lift at speed. The car’s spoiler rises when the Jaguar F-Type reaches 60 mph, lowering to fit flush when its speed drops to less than 40 mph. Moreover, discreet aerodynamic aids also include a sculpted rear valance and a front splitter.

According to Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, every part of a sports car allows the creation of something visually exciting, both visceral and physical. He said that he defines sports car design as the car’s being fit for purpose, its ability to wrap the occupants and the mechanicals in a beautiful, exciting, and sensual package without unnecessary adornment or surfaces. He noted that a piece of design should be able to tell a story, which is why the car’s every line has a beginning, a direction, as well as a conclusion. If one approaches each line and gets it correct aesthetically, then gets the dimensions right, then it will be able to stand the test of time.

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