A state-of-the-art engineering test facility, built at the headquarters of Bentley Motors is nearing completion following an official topping out ceremony.
The facility will include a climate controlled dynamometer and a Real Driving Emissions test facility along with cutting edge portable emissions testing equipment.
Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board for Engineering said:
This new facility will further enhance our already industry-leading, modern factory headquarters and will enable us to grow as we look towards the electrification of our model range. Additionally, and crucially, it will allow us the independence to test our own engines as we rapidly accelerate our journey towards electrification.
Environmental considerations lie at the core of the new building, in line with the company’s sustainability approach, which aims to promote biodiversity and create a greener site environment.
Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing said:
At the same time, it reinforces our focus on the environment, having already planted 100 trees in the past year, (not all personally I hasten to add!), as we look to become a biodiversity role model and lead sustainable luxury mobility in the future.
As part of the 100 trees planted on site in 2019, there were ten oak trees which sit outside office buildings and 15 cherry trees which line the approach to the company’s main entrance on Pyms Lane. A further 70 trees which include maple, beech, walnut, lime and elm saplings, have been planted along the boundaries of the Legends social facility.
The centre will allow Bentley to meet increased consumer demand for its current range of ultra-luxury vehicles, including the performance-orientated Flying Spur, the Continental GT and the New Bentayga. The launch of the first generation Hybrid SUV marked Bentley’s first step towards electrification, with more to follow.
Additionally, as part of the construction of the engineering test facility, Bentley safely rehomed 10 fruit trees to the neighbouring site of its flagship showroom concept, CW1 House.