We have dedicated specialist facilities and equipment to support research and development. These include:

  • Suite of motorsport race simulators with Cranfield’s state-of-the-art sustained G-cueing;
  • Simulated environments for autonomous and semi autonomous vehicles;
  • Multi User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI) test track for autonomous vehicles and other vehicle types. You can see the work we have undertaken with Cambridge Cleantech in this BBC1 Cambridge news clip;
  • Off-road test track (in development);
  • Competition vehicles with instrumentation;
  • Wind tunnels including 8x6 moving ground;
  • Composites manufacturing laboratories;
  • FIA accredited impact sled;
  • Mechanical testing facilities;
  • High velocity projectile testing unit;
  • Optical high pressure bomb for high speed imaging and laser diagnostics;
  • Materials characterisation equipment;
  • Coatings and surface engineering laboratories;
  • Precision and ultra-precision engineering laboratories;
  • CFD, CAD and FEA software suites;
  • Mechatronics laboratories with hardware in the loop (HIL) rig;
  • Battery laboratory to support electric vehicle (EV) development;
  • Electronics and data acquisition equipment;
  • Powertrain dynamometers;
  • Damper dynamometer;
  • Off-road environment simulation unit (ORES) featuring four hub dyno and articulation rigs;
  • Moment of inertia (MoI) rig and other MoI testing facilities;
  • Four post shaker rig at Shrivenham;
  • Four post vehicle articulation rig specially designed for off-road applications;
  • Tyre characterisation and modelling facilities;
  • Single wheel tyre test apparatus;
  • High speed tyre testing rig;
  • Smart winch to evaluate tractive force;
  • Whole-vehicle controlled moisture soil lane featuring a range of surface materials;
  • Brake rigs including dynamometer;
  • Modern workshops in the Intelligent Mobility Engineering Centre (IMEC);
  • Suite of sector-relevant software including AVL Boost within high performance computer (HPC) facility.

Access to these facilities, equipment and a suite of sector-relevant software is available to our master's and research degree students.