Take A Look Inside Bentley's New Engineering Test Center

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Bentley can now conduct its own consumption and emissions tests.

Change is in the air at Bentley, as it is throughout the automotive industry. The first electric Bentley is due to arrive in 2025, and with electrification set to expand throughout the British brand's lineup, it needs facilities that are adapting to a new world as quickly as its cars are. The company has just taken a big step forward in this regard with the official certification of its new engineering test center in Crewe, England, allowing it to start operations there. The approval comes from Britain's Vehicle Certification Agency and will significantly support Bentley's electrification goals over the next couple of years.

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The engineering center covers nearly 50,000 square feet and will support the company's goal of becoming the most sustainable luxury car manufacturer in the world. With the new certification, Bentley will be able to conduct WLTP fuel consumption and efficiency tests in-house more quickly than before. Housing 100 Bentley employees, the facility also has a dedicated laboratory with emissions measurement systems. Yes, even Bentley, purveyor of large-capacity W12 engines as found in the Continental GT Speed, needs to take emissions seriously these days. By the middle of 2022, Bentley aims to meet all global emission standards, no easy task for a company that churns out only luxury barges.

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"Today's announcement is another key landmark in Bentley's ongoing modernization program," said Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board for Engineering. "It will give us the independence to test our own engines and further enhance our industry-leading manufacturing plant in Crewe, as we move towards offering electric or hybrid versions of all our models by 2024."

Rabe said that the £12.5 million (around $16.5 million) center will also allow the company to meet the demand for models like the Bentagya SUV and Flying Spur luxury sedan. In the US specifically, demand for bespoke Bentleys from the company's Mulliner division has been strong.

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