Bentley cuts ribbon on new test centre

Bentley has unveiled its new, state-of-the-art engineering test centre after receiving official approval from Britain’s Vehicle Certification Agency.

Based at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, this latest investment follows the recent recertification by the Carbon Trust marking three years as a carbon neutral site. The move is a major stepping stone in meeting the standards set by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the achievement will allow Bentley to carry out in-house emissions, fuel economy and electric range testing to the highest global standards, all from the test centre.

The independent authority certification represents another major step forward in the company’s drive towards electrification. Crucially, the £12.5m centre will allow Bentley to carry out the latest WLTP fuel consumption and efficiency test procedures more swiftly in-house.

Dr Matthias Rabe, member of the board for engineering, said: “This announcement is another key landmark in Bentley’s ongoing modernisation programme. 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.”