Jaguar Land Rover announced it has opened a new engineering testing center in Dubai, where it will undergo extreme hot weather vehicle research.
The new test center covers an 11,120-square-foot area and is located in the Al Barsha area of Dubai. The facility will offer a wide range of comprehensive tests including calibration, durability and hot weather testing for humidity and heat.
“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,” said the automaker.
It’s been more than 12 years since JLR has been undergoing hot weather testing in the MENA region. The company’s new facility in Dubai replaces a smaller test center in Dubai Investments Park and the automaker said it will make an additional investment of 2.75 billion pounds on capital expenditure and product creation by the year ending March 2014. JLR said that the purpose of this center is to make sure than its vehicles can handle the harshest weather conditions, taking into consideration that temperature in this region can go as high as 48-50 degrees Celsius in the summer.
“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,” Jaguar Land Rover Director of Engineering Technical Services, Martyn Hollingsworth said.