Horiba MIRA has launched its Advanced Emissions Test Centre (AETC) in the UK to ensure global compliance.

Developed in response to increased scrutiny around tailpipe emissions, as well as new legislation requiring increasingly complex testing methodologies, the AETC represents a total of almost GBP8m (US$9m) investment into Horiba MIRA’s engineering facilities. 

The AETC site will provide testing capabilities for global compliance, including Euro 6d Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), as well as incorporating Real World Driving Emissions (RDE) capabilities. 

Located at Horiba MIRA’s headquarters in Nuneaton, UK, the facility is centred around a four-wheel drive (4WD) climatic chassis dynamometer and includes three individual climatic soak rooms and an ambient soak room.

The combination of the 4WD dynamometer, range of climatic conditions and Horiba emissions systems will allow the determination of exhaust pollutants across a range of climatic conditions, from temperatures of -20°C to 35°C.

Engineers at the facility will work closely with vehicle manufacturers, offering the full gamut of emissions testing which comply with current and foreseen future emissions regulations – including additional Type Approval for RDE. 

The new facility has created a number of new high value engineering jobs at Horiba MIRA and this will continue to expand into 2018, as capacity is increased. 

The GBP8m has been made by the Horiba Group and brings total committed investment to date to almost GBP5m since MIRA joined Horiba in July 2015.

The centre is the first to bring together six group companies of Horiba, including Horiba Japan and Horiba MIRA, which are collectively leading on project management, building and integration, as well as Horiba Test Automation in UK, Horiba UK, Horiba France and Horiba Europe. 

The AETC is the first newly-built testing facility to open at Horiba MIRA since 2014. Its inauguration follows recent investment into MIRA Technology Park, which is now in Phase Two of its development.