Dynisma expands with new technology campus
Motion simulator technology company Dynisma has announced it is creating a new 15,000ft2 technology campus near Bristol in the southwest of the UK.
The Dynisma Technology Campus will include the company’s manufacturing center, where the development, build, testing and commissioning of its products is already taking place. Alongside this will be the Dynisma Engineering Centre, new offices and the Dynisma Technology Centre, a demonstration facility where customers can explore and test the company’s range of simulators.
Polestar 3 completes hot weather testing
Polestar has been putting the next model in its line-up through testing. The Polestar 3, which made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year and will go into production in the first quarter of 2024, has completed hot weather testing in the United Arab Emirates with a team of development engineers who were fine-tuning the climate system, among other tests.
The testing took place in the urban metropolises and deserts surrounding Dubai and Abu Dhabi in temperatures up to 50°C (122°F) and is one of several extreme weather tests that Polestar cars undergo during development.
Nissan-backed EvolvAD research project gets underway
It has been 35 years since the Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) opened in the UK. Initially it was a small outbuilding on the company’s production site in Sunderland, but after moving to a facility in Cranfield the NTCE has expanded to become one of Nissan’s major global R&D facilities with 1,000 employees. One of the focus areas at the site is autonomous driving and following the company’s initial involvement in the HumanDrive and ServCity projects, the latest to use its battery-electric Leaf is EvolvAD.
HVS begins testing X1.5 prototype hydrogen truck
Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has shown a number of concept vehicles but now the UK company has announced the delivery of its engineering prototype test mule, X1.5, to its test facilities. This marks the beginning of the crucial development phase to bring its first full-sized hydrogen HGV to market.
X1.5, powered by the same hydrogen fuel cell as will be used in the production HGVs, will be used for functionality and systems development, including dyno-rig testing and is an important precursor to track testing prototypes that will quickly follow.
Intertek opens battery and energy storage testing facility in Italy
Testing specialist Intertek has unveiled its new Battery Xcellence Centre in Mestre, Italy. The quality assurance provider says its new facility features the latest technologies for battery and energy storage systems testing and that it will meet the industry’s increasing need for fast and reliable testing, certification and assurance services.
The 500m2 facility is equipped with battery cyclers, climatic and salt spray chambers, vibration plans and mechanical testing equipment as well as two ATEX certified anti-fire containers and a dedicated altitude test chamber, enabling it to meet testing needs for transportation and storage safety, functional safety, and performance for a wide range of cells and battery packs.
Honda creates new global motorsports organization
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) in Sakura, Japan, and Honda Performance Development (HPD) in Santa Clarita, California, have announced that HPD will now formally be called Honda Racing Corporation USA (HRC US) with the two companies “collaborating as one global HRC entity”. Starting with the 2024 motorsports season, HRC US will play an integral role in Honda’s global motorsports activities, which includes contributing to its Formula 1 program.
“Our goal is to increase the HRC brand and sustain the success of our racing activities and we believe that uniting Honda motorsports globally as one racing organization will help achieve that,” said Koji Watanabe, the president of HRC Japan.
CamMotive opens world-class EV test lab in the UK
CamMotive has opened a new testing laboratory in Cambridge, UK, to offer 17,000ft of test space and services for the electric vehicle (EV) industry.
The e-powertrain consultancy’s new facility will deliver test capability and expertise as the industry accelerates toward net-zero targets. It provides electric powertrain development services and test rigs including all-wheel drive hub dyno and chassis dynamometer test cells and electric motor, battery and fuel cell testing facilities.
CamMotive is an independent powertrain testing specialist working with Tier 1 automotive manufacturers, OEMs and research institutions involved in the development of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles to validate, optimize and develop EV technologies.
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