Jaguar Land Rover to build £100m Warwick research facility

Jaguar Land Rover to build £100m Warwick research facility

25/09/2013 in News, All News, Car Manufacturer News

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Jaguar Land Rover to build £100m Warwick research facility

Jaguar Land Rover will open a new technology, innovation and education centre at the University of Warwick in 2016.

Construction on the £100 million National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) will start in 2014.

The new centre will bring academics from the UK’s universities together with researchers and engineers from Jaguar Land Rover and its supply chain, in a single, multi-purpose research facility.

Jaguar Land Rover is the lead partner in the project investing £50m, along with Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group ) and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE).

Around 1,000 academics, researchers, technologists and engineers will work in the building, which will feature engineering workshops and laboratories, advanced powertrain facilities and the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies.

Dr. Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Investing in collaboration, innovation, research and education is vital if we want to be on a par with our international competitors.

"Our future sales success, the success of our global business – and the UK economy – lies in the engineering and innovation that will take place in NAIC."

Jaguar Land Rover expects that it will more than double the size of its advanced research team to 500 people by the time the NAIC opens in 2016.

Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover’s head of research, said: “We will announce the details of the specific research projects on which our NAIC research team will collaborate in due course, but these will be long-term, multi-disciplinary challenges – such as electrification, smart & connected cars and Human Machine Interface – which will help us create some key new technologies that will deliver a low-carbon future."

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The new XJ and particularly the XF are enjoying sales success, although volumes are under pressure in 2011.

2012 will bring renewed potential for growth when the XF gets a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that will deliver expected model sales growth of 10%.

Also in the pipeline is a potential all-new replacement for the X-Type. At the opposite end of the spectrum Jaguar has confirmed that it will build its C-X75 petrol-electric hybrid supercar in partnership with Williams, the Formula 1 team.

The model was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in September 2010 but a production version will now go on sale in 2013 priced from £840,000. There will be just 250 examples available worldwide.

The C-X75 features four 195bhp electric motors – one for each wheel – linked with highly boosted petrol engine.

The 780bhp car will reach 0-62mph in less than three seconds and Jaguar claims it will have less than 99g/km of carbon dioxide emissions.

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