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Improving Conventional Vehicles

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) specializes in conventional vehicle improvement with the following focus areas: engine efficiency, boosting and downsizing, accessory load reduction, control systems, direct injection and alternative fuels.

The center conducts its research with access to numerous technological resources. Partners and sponsors such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Honda of America Inc. have collaborated with the center, utilizing its flow bench and turbocharger laboratories, complemented by considerable modeling and simulation expertise, fabrication of components, emissions testing, and fuel consumption testing. Development includes proprietary projects for a number of original equipment manufacturers and suppliers which often involve intellectual property generation.

Additionally, CAR researchers and students have worked specifically with the following elements, making way for industry application:


  • Diesel
  • Conventional gasoline
  • E85 gasoline
  • CNG (compressed natural gas)
  • Biodiesel

Dedicated facilities:

  • Light duty chassis dynamometer
  • Heavy duty chassis dynamometer
  • Engine dynamometers (4)
  • Emissions laboratory
  • Flow laboratory
  • Turbocharger laboratory
  • Hardware-in-the-Loop laboratory