Ricardo opens new £10m facility in Shoreham

The new Shoreham Vehicle Emissions Research Centre (VERC) SUS-150729-161020001
The new Shoreham Vehicle Emissions Research Centre (VERC) SUS-150729-161020001

RICARDO has opened its new £10million state-of-the-art vehicle emissions centre in Shoreham yesterday (July 28).

The facility will enable the engineering firm to develop the next generation of clean, low carbon vehicles.

Inside the new Shoreham Vehicle Emissions Research Centre SUS-150729-161006001

Inside the new Shoreham Vehicle Emissions Research Centre SUS-150729-161006001

It was officially opened last week and is part company’s culmination of its centenary celebrations.

Ricardo chief executive Dave Shemmans said: “This is a truly world-class facility that will help Ricardo maintain the reputation the company has developed for 100 years, as a global leader in the creation of clean and less polluting vehicles technologies.

“The Vehicle Emissions Research Centre (VERC) is a fantastic addition to Ricardo’s automotive research and testing capability, enabling us to help our customers in all parts of the world in the development of cleaner and more fuel efficient vehicles,”

The purpose-built facility is capable of carrying out climate controlled tests with a temperature range of minus 30 to 55 degrees Celsius and with humidity regulation.

This is a truly world-class facility that will help Ricardo maintain the reputation the company has developed for 100 years, as a global leader in the creation of clean and less polluting vehicles technologies.

Ricardo chief executive Dave Shemmans

The centre is one of the world’s most advanced emissions test facilities designed to put vehicles through rigorous assessments to ensure they are as environmentally-friendly as possible when they hit the road.

Inside, there are a number of high-tech innovations including state-of-the-art-gas analysers enable to generate real-time measurements and a breakdown of a vehicle’s exhaust fumes.

The VERC is also able of creating simulated road speeds up to 250kph (155 mph), it is capable of testing anything from the smallest passenger cars to light trucks of up to three tonnes, including advanced technology hybrid electric vehicles and their associated energy regeneration systems and stop/start operation.

Already in commercial operation since the early spring of 2015, the facility was formally dedicated today by Richard Noble – world land speed record holder from 1983-1997, and project director of the Bloodhound project – as part of a major celebration of the 100th anniversary of the formation of Ricardo.

The VERC is already proving to be a useful addition to Ricardo’s international headquarters in Shoreham, the company’s head of UK test operations, Richard Murphy, said.

He explained: “This rapid success has been due not least to the fact that the facility was designed first and foremost around the requirements of advanced testing.

“With the scalability and future proofing that we have incorporated in the facility from the very outset, this is an investment that will be of significant value to Ricardo customers for many years to come.”

The development of the VERC has benefitted from financial support provided under the Government’s regional growth fund,

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