Now, if I was to say these facilities have been used exclusively for the development of cars then I would be telling fibs…
The bike Chris Boardman rode to gold in the 4km individual pursuit at the 1992 Olympic Games was developed in our wind tunnel, we developed a braking system for Lady Godiva’s Cyclopedia for her 2012 trip from Coventry to London, saw how fast NFL star Jason Bell could run on our wet surface track, had a ‘near naked’ man cycling in the wind tunnel, and we even crashed a dinosaur for Bill Oddie. Seriously.
In July 2015 we were purchased by HORIBA, a Japanese company that provide instruments and systems to many different industries, including the automotive sector.
Since then, our growth and development has continued. We’ve seen investment to create a new Propulsion Test and Development Centre and an Advanced Emissions Test Centre both of which ensure that the next generation of engines and vehicles meet ever more stringent emissions regulations while still meeting the performance drivers expect.
Our energy efficiency team continue to develop hybrid and electric vehicles to minimise fuel economy and maximise vehicle range through unique simulation techniques and innovative design solutions. All part of our mission to make journeys cleaner.
The crash laboratory continues to test the latest cars to crash standards from all over the world although the market for dinosaurs is sadly extinct… Our kinematics and compliance rigs continue to shake road and race cars around, helping to tune suspension and chassis systems, while our components team test just about every system, big and small, on a car.
Want to build a car from scratch or want to make sure your car is safe? Our functional safety team can guide manufacturers through the process and designs required to do this.
As cars can now connect to the internet (what can’t?) our Vehicle Resilience team ensures these new functions don’t affect other parts of vehicles and are also secure! All part of our mission to make journeys safer.
Did you know cars can now drive themselves? Our connected and autonomous vehicle team develop them here at HORIBA MIRA, one of which was sampled by the Duke of Cambridge during his visit in May 2018. All part of our mission to make journeys smarter.
So, what does HORIBA MIRA do? Everything except make showers!