Jaguar Land Rover further enhanced its Middle East test programme by opening a new engineering test centre in Dubai, UAE, to conduct extreme hot weather vehicle research, development and testing.
With temperatures in the desert typically reaching 48 to 50 degrees Celsius in the summer months, the new 11,120sq ft facility in the Al Barsha area of Dubai, UAE will offer a comprehensive range of tests including durability, calibration and hot weather testing for heat and humidity.
The engineering team at the new centre, which replaces a smaller facility in Dubai, will also test powertrains, chassis and heat and ventilation systems, as well as the off-road and sand driving capability of Land Rover’s unique Terrain Response system.
Jaguar Land Rover has a network of five global test facilities: Nurburgring, Germany; Arjeplog, Sweden; Phoenix and International Falls, USA, and Dubai, UAE.
Jaguar Land Rover Director of Engineering Technical Services Martyn Hollingsworth said: ‘Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for growth, and since 2008 we have been investing to enhance our engineering capability to help us deliver an unprecedented number of new and refreshed Jaguar and Land Rover models.’
He continued: ‘Our new facility in Dubai is four times the size of the previous test centre and will enable us to enhance our testing of future products and technologies.’