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Alexandra Lawrence | Sep, 03 2018 | 0 Comments

Your next new car could come from a company that sucks - literally!

When you hear the name Dyson, the first thing that pops into your head is probably a vacuum cleaner.

But, that might soon change with the British firm announcing a $2.6 billion (£2 billion) investment into an electric car test facility in England.

Before Hullavington Airfield became the home of hangar restorations, World War 2 officers would fly from allied nations to refine their flying skills.

The airfield west of London has been largely inactive since 1995, until Dyson purchased it in 2016.

Restoration and enhancements have since been taking place in order to create a state-of-the-art engineering facility.

The proposals for the facility include different routes, tracks and slopes to test vehicle manoeuvrability, ride, handling, steering, brakes and powertrain.

The tracks will simulate challenges like off-road, soft and varied terrain and more challenging fast roads with corners of differing severity and altitude changes.

To help overcome the shortage of engineers in the UK, Dyson created a 67-acre campus in Wiltshire called the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology which opened in September 2017.

Dyson has already invested £31 million ($55.6m) into higher education, and offers a four-year degree program that includes electronics and mechanical engineering.

The company has invested £2 billion ($3.6b) into the early development of its first electric car, which it hopes to launch in 2021.

 
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