Ford builds up Dunton test base

Ford is investing £66m on power train testing and emissions facilities at its Dunton engineering centre in Essex, the company revealed this week. Installation of the equipment will coincide with the testing programme for Ford’s new range of common-rail diesel engines, to be built at Dagenham. Nearly two-thirds of the investment will go on fitting […]

Ford is investing £66m on power train testing and emissions facilities at its Dunton engineering centre in Essex, the company revealed this week.

Installation of the equipment will coincide with the testing programme for Ford’s new range of common-rail diesel engines, to be built at Dagenham.

Nearly two-thirds of the investment will go on fitting environmental enclosures and additional banks of test cells to allow climate-controlled power train testing.

The remainder is for new technology at Ford’s exhaust emissions laboratory, which tests to most international standards, and is responsible for its European exhaust emissions development.

Earlier this year a £42m investment in new office and design centre improvements came on stream at Dunton, which is the biggest research and engineering centre in the UK with 4,000 engineers, designers and support staff.

The latest investment plans follow announcements earlier in the year of an extra £40m to build instrument panels at Ford’s Enfield site, and a further £25m being spent in Swansea to build components for the 1998 Escort.