Bentley has taken a major step in its plans to impress all of its fashions from 2024, having formally opened its new engineering check centre at its headquarters in Crewe.
The £12.5 million web site, which is a two-storey, 4600-square-metre facility, will start testing instantly after receiving official approval from the UK’s Car Certification Company (VCA).
It means Bentley can now perform in-house emissions, gasoline economic system and electrical vary testing, together with the most recent WLTP gasoline consumption and effectivity check procedures, and ensures testing might be undertaken extra swiftly than utilizing a third-party web site.
The Volkswagen Group-owned model presently has two plug-in hybrids on sale, variants of the Bentayga and Flying Spur, and can launch its first EV in 2025 earlier than changing into an electric-only model from 2030.
Bentley engineering board member Matthias Rabe stated: “As we speak’s announcement is one other key landmark in Bentley’s ongoing modernisation programme. It can give us the independence to check our personal engines and additional improve our industry-leading manufacturing plant in Crewe as we transfer in the direction of providing electrical or hybrid variations of all our fashions by 2024.
“The centre will even enable Bentley to fulfill elevated demand from prospects for our luxurious, hand-built autos, together with the Flying Spur, the Continental GT and the brand new Bentayga.”
Whereas it’s going to start testing instantly, the location will construct up operations to fulfill all world emission requirements by the center of 2022.
The construction contains 773 sq. metres of workplace area, in addition to 1550 sq. metres for the set up of a climate-controlled chassis dynamometer.
This extremely superior rolling street permits engineers to simulate totally different gradients of hill, measuring exhaust emissions from combustion-engined automobiles or electrical vitality consumption from hybrid and future electrical fashions. The ‘real-world’ simulations may also be accomplished throughout temperatures from -20deg C to 50deg C.
Bentley’s Technical Conformity division, which oversees compliance of all Bentley merchandise, can be based mostly on the web site. There will even be a devoted laboratory to run Actual Driving Emissions (RDE) exams utilizing the most recent, transportable emissions measurement techniques.
In complete, the power will host 100 workers.