Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the lead partner in the £100-million (US$160 million) National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) to be built at Warwick University. JLR is investing £50m, along with Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group ) and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE).
Construction of the NAIC is scheduled to begin in September 2014 at the University of Warwick. Around 1,000 academics, researchers, technologists and engineers will work in the building, which will feature engineering workshops and laboratories, advanced powertrain facilities and the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies.
The development of the new facility, which will complement Jaguar Land Rover's product creation centres in Gaydon and Whitley, will be co-ordinated by Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Research and Technology. In this new board-level role, Dr Epple is leading Jaguar Land Rover’s innovation and advanced research initiatives and has been appointed a Honorary Fellow at WMG.
The development of the NAIC project is the next stage in Jaguar Land Rover’s long-term research strategy and builds on the success Jaguar Land Rover has enjoyed as part of its long-standing relationship with WMG at the University of Warwick. Nearly 200 Jaguar Land Rover researchers and engineers are currently based at WMG, collaborating with university experts on a number of projects.
Jaguar Land Rover expects that it will more than double the size of its advanced research team to 500 people by the time the NAIC opens in 2016.
We will announce the details of the specific research projects on which our NAIC research team will collaborate in due course, but these will be long-term, multi-disciplinary challenges—such as electrification, smart & connected cars and Human Machine Interface—which will help us create some key new technologies that will deliver a low-carbon future.—Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover’s Head of Research