MAHLE Powertrain reduces bottlenecks in the availability of WLTP-capable dyno stands for the auto industry

Stuttgart, Northampton, July 31, 2018 – Shutdowns, stock production, limited availability of specific vehicles–the introduction of the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Duty Test Procedure) as well as the future RDE (Real Driving Emissions) regulations across Europe are posing major challenges to the auto industry. The opening of the new WLTP and RDE-capable test center (RDEC) in Northhampton in the UK means that MAHLE Powertrain can reduce existing bottlenecks in the calibration and certification of vehicles and effectively support its customers in meeting the major challenges arising from the new type approval standards.

  • MAHLE Powertrain opens new test and certification center
  • Simulation of the entire WLTP and RDE regimes enables testing in accordance with the new test procedure under controlled and reproducible conditions

The commissioning of the RDEC marks a further step in the strategic expansion of MAHLE Powertrain’s capabilities in the development and certification of vehicles with internal combustion engines and hybrid powertrains. “We are thus consolidating MAHLE Powertrain’s position as one of the leading development service providers in the area of conventional and electrified drive systems”, says Dr. Jörg Stratmann, CEO of the MAHLE Group.

“The shortage of suitable test facilities is an issue of concern within the industry”, says Simon Reader, Engineering Director at MAHLE Powertrain. “Thanks to our new RDE Test Center we are taking the pressure off our customers and at the same time expanding our own capacities in order to remain one step ahead of our competitors”, he adds.

The MAHLE RDEC, supplemented by two certified RDE test tracks, is capable of simulating the entire WLTP test cycle on a 4WD chassis dynamometer. The alternating altitudes specified by the WLTP are created by a pressure chamber that encompasses the entire test bench. This can simulate environments at altitudes of up to 5,000 meters. It is also capable of controlling and accurately maintaining air temperatures ranging from -40 to +60°C as well as headwind and humidity at the specified levels.


MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for the mobility of the future. The MAHLE Group is committed to making transportation more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and more comfortable by continuously optimizing the combustion engine, driving forward the use of alternative fuels, and laying the foundation for the worldwide introduction of e-mobility. The group’s product portfolio addresses all the crucial issues relating to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—both for drives with combustion engines and for e-mobility. MAHLE products are fitted in at least every second vehicle worldwide. Components and systems from MAHLE are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, rail transport, as well as marine applications.

In 2017, the group generated sales of approximately EUR 12.8 billion with about 78,000 employees and is represented in more than 30 countries with 170 production locations. At 16 major research and development centers in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Spain, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, around 6,100 development engineers and technicians are working on innovative solutions for the mobility of the future.

For further information please contact:

Christopher Rimmele
Corporate Communications/Public Relations
Pragstraße 26–46
70376 Stuttgart/Germany
Phone: +49 711 501-12374
Fax: +49 711 501-13700

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