Further boosting their engineering capabilities, Jaguar Land Rover announced opening of a new hot climate testing center in Dubai, UAE. The desert state is excruciatingly hot 11 months a year, providing the car makers with ideal condition to test their products for heat tolerance.
JLR’s 11,120 sq. ft. facility is located in the Al Barsha area of Dubai and offers a comprehensive range of capabilities, including high temperature durability, calibration, and testing, for systems including powertrains, chassis and heat and ventilation. What’s more, because sand dunes are found aplenty out there, the facility is also a great place to off-road and sand driving capability of the Land Rover Terrain Response system.
The Dubai center is JLR’s fifth testing facility in the world. They have one in Arjeplog, Sweden for cold weather testing, one at the Nurburgring, Germany for track testing, and two centers in America in Phoenix, Arizona, and international Falls, Minnesota.
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. Our new facility in Dubai is four times the size of the previous test center and will enable us to enhance our testing of future products and technologies. The engineering team is focused on the quality and durability of our products and an important part of this is rigorous environmental testing of our vehicles to ensure they can withstand even the harshest conditions.”