Ricardo announces new testing facility

  • 28-Jun-2013 10:24 EDT

VERC's design concept.

Ricardo has announced construction of a $10-million Vehicle Emissions Research Center (VERC) in Shoreham, U.K. VERC’s focus is low-carbon, low-emissions vehicle research. The planned 2000-m² (21,500-ft²) facility will include two vehicle test cells, four-wheel-drive chassis dynamometers, and advanced emissions testing equipment, and will be climatically controlled with a temperature range of -35 to +55°C (-31 to +131°F). Ricardo has partnered with HORIBA U.K. in both the construction and equipping of VERC with its emissions testing technology. On the subject of VERC, Ricardo U.K. Ltd. Managing Director Martin Fausset said, “The next generation of road vehicles need to be cleaner and more fuel efficient than ever before, and the testing technology incorporated within this new state-of-the-art facility will help ensure that Ricardo stays at the forefront of this important area of research and development on a global basis.” The facility is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2014.

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