£8m emissions testing facility opens at MIRA

Atsushi Horiba

A 12,000 sq. ft Advanced Emissions Test Centre at HORIBA MIRA has been opened by HORIBA Chairman, CEO and President, Atsushi Horiba.

Developed in response to increased scrutiny around tailpipe emissions, as well as new legislation requiring extensive and increasingly complex testing methodologies, the test centre represents almost £8m investment.

It will provide testing capabilities for global compliance, including Euro 6d Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, as well as incorporating Real World Driving Emissions testing capabilities.

At the company’s headquarters in Nuneaton, UK, the facility is centred around a four-wheel drive 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 state-of-the-art HORIBA emissions systems will allow the determination of exhaust pollutants over 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.