26 September 2013

Jaguar Land Rover invest £50m in technology

While they have made quantum leap improvements in recent years, Jaguar Land Rover's future plans for advanced research and development in the UK will now be focused on a new cutting-edge technology, innovation and education centre in Warwick.

The National Automotive Innovation Campus, to cost nearly £100m, is designed to create a large-scale collaborative research environment bringing academics from the UK's leading universities together with researchers and engineers from Jaguar Land Rover and its supply chain, in a single, multi-purpose, state-of-the-art research facility.

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

Construction work is scheduled to begin in September 2014 and around 1,000 academics, researchers, technologists and engineers will work in the building with engineering workshops and laboratories, advanced powertrain facilities and the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies. It will complement Jaguar Land Rover's product creation centres in Gaydon and Whitley.

The company say 'it will put the UK at the very centre of the global automotive industry'.