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Automotive Research Centre

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The Centre was established by the University of Bradford in January 2010 to build on the School of Engineering's research expertise in Mechanical Engineering, bringing together staff knowledge, expertise and experience over a broad range of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering related topics with a focus on CO2 reduction in the road transport sector.

The Centre has recently completed an extensive investment programme to provide a unique set of world class experimental facilities with associated instrumentation, hardware, and software for Automotive Engineering research including Engines, Powertrain, Quality, Design, Modelling, Simulation, and Manufacturing.

Alongside our academic research, we work with industry on a wide range of research and 'knowledge transfer' projects mainly associated with automotive engineering, systems, and manufacturing.

We have found over 25 years that much of our work has application in other industries where efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and optimisation are business drivers. Our partners over the years have included:

  • Ford
  • Cummins Turbo Technologies
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Tata Motors European Technical Centre
  • BAE Systems
  • Honda R&D (Europe)
  • MCB International
  • BP

We also provide university-based and in-house short courses for companies who are looking to improve and update their knowledge in specific technical areas.