New test cells at Millbrook Proving Ground

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Millbrook Group has announced that the development of its powertrain facility is progressing to schedule, with the expectation that the new engine test cells will be completed and ready for use by the end of June.

The expansion will include four new engine test cells designed primarily for CEC fuels testing, which will allow Millbrook to provide customers with fuels testing in compliance with The Coordinating European Council (CEC) requirements.

This announcement follows completion of the move of the main road through the site to provide infrastructure and space, as well as upgrades to the existing test cells for enhanced performance and emissions development capabilities. The development of the new test cells forms part of significant ongoing investment in Millbrook’s Powertrain department with committed spend reaching £11m (US$15.8m) this year alone, ensuring that Millbrook remains state of the art and the leading proving ground in the UK.

The new powertrain facility will have four engine test cells, a central control room, a purpose built fuel blending area and integrated delivery system.

“This further investment in Millbrook’s capabilities allows us to increase our support for the petrochemical industry where the development in fuels continues at a pace in order to keep up with new engine technology, increased levels of biofuel content and the search for better fuel economy,” explained Phil Stones, chief engineer powertrain at Millbrook. “This complements our other test facilities and allows us to provide an outstanding service to our customers with our chassis dynamometer and unique proving ground facilities.”

“At Millbrook we are continually reviewing and updating our facilities in order to ensure we are the number one facility for all automotive testing applications in the UK,” added Alex Burns, CEO of Millbrook Group. 

“Our independent and impartial service is crucial to clients and we look forward to the launch of the new Engine Test Cell facility and the increased capabilities of our Powertrain team.”

May 13, 2016

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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