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Jaguar Land Rover has announced the launch of a US$1.5mn engineering test centre in Dubai to conduct extreme hot weather vehicle research, development and testing
With temperatures in the desert typically reaching 48°C to 50°C in the summer months, the new 11,120 sq ft facility in the Al Barsha area of Dubai will offer a range of tests including durability, calibration and hot weather testing for heat and humidity.
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 capabilities to help us deliver an unprecedented number of revamped Jaguar and Land Rover models.
“Our new facility in Dubai is four times the size of the previous test centre 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.”
The engineering team at the centre will also test powertrains, chassis, and heat and ventilation systems, as well as the off-road and sand driving capability of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system.
Jaguar Land Rover has a network of five global test facilities located in the UAE, Germany, Sweden and USA.
Jaguar Land Rover MENA managing director Robin Colgan added, “We are delighted at the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover’s test facilities in the Middle East. Dubai offers some unique and very challenging environmental conditions, so if a vehicle passes our tests here, we know it will perform in any hot climate environment.”
Mahmoudia Motors is the sole and official distributer of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands in Jordan. Mahmoudia Motors general manager Amjad Saeed said, “Continuously developing Jaguar Land Rover’s test programme is key to ensuring that our cars are designed to suit varying climate conditions in different markets. This also guarantees that Jaguar and Land Rover cars provide their owners with unparalleled durability and performance in the long run.”