Millbrook Group, an independent vehicle test, validation and engineering service provider here in the UK, has officially opened its new, 4WD climatic emissions chassis dynamometer.

The facility operates at temperatures between −20°C and +50°C and is used to measure vehicle emissions (air quality), CO2, fuel consumption, electric consumption and range, and climatic performance of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under repeatable conditions.

It boasts a fully transient 4WD 48" chassis dynamometer along with the latest advanced emissions system for measuring regulated and unregulated pollutants. It is suitable for petrol, diesel, LPG, CNG, hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles, and is compliant with current and known future European, federal US and Japanese light duty emissions regulations including WLTP.

Millbrook Group president Alex Burns said: "This is an important new facility to aid the ever more challenging testing requirements of vehicle manufacturers in the UK. I am delighted to say that Spectris have been very supportive of our plans for increased growth and we are now going into 2017 expecting to accelerate the rate of investment in our business."

Phil Stones, chief engineer powertrain, said, "We are delighted to have the facility officially open, and will be welcoming a number of customers on site in the coming weeks. Alongside the new engine test cells, the new facility marks a year of significant investment and increased capabilities for the powertrain team. We now look to 2020 and beyond as we prepare for further expansion."

Millbrook's facility, in Bedfordshire, was built in the late 1960s as GM Vauxhall's proving ground, replacing a much smaller facility at Chaul End. Much expanded and improved after passing through several changes of ownership the facility is also home to multiple 'ride and drive' and 'show and tell' events for the UK auto industry and hosts the annual SMMT Test Day for automotive media every year.