Land Rover Austin is pleased to announce that our parent company, Jaguar Land Rover, has just announced the creation of two new “Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research” at two of its leading UK universities. This investment will be shared equally between University College London and the University of Oxford to support the development of new research facilities and fund two 5-year study programs.
Each center will focus on specific combustion technologies that will help improve fuel economy as well as reduce emissions. The work at UCL’s Department of Mechanical Engineering will be dedicated to advancing its petrol engines, while the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science will be focusing on compression ignition in diesel engines.
The main intent of these new facilities will be to gain a broader understanding of advanced combustion concepts that are compatible with future fuel advances, and will dive into the realm of new combustion geometries, valvetrain, fuel injection, air management and ignition technologies.
These study programs have the potential to feed directly into the future development of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium family of compact, lightweight, high-efficiency diesel and petrol turbocharged engines, which will begin production at the new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton early in 2015.
Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are on a very positive trajectory to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel economy. As there is no single solution to cleaner, greener vehicles, we are investing in the research and development of a range of technologies that potentially could help to improve future internal combustion and to develop alternative powertrains.”