Research & development centers | Detroit
Detroit, Farmington Hills/USA
Year current location was built: 1998
R&D employees: 170
Tech Center surface area: 17,172 sqm
MAHLE has performed research and development at the Tech Center in Farmington Hills for over twenty years. The engineers here work primarily on engine systems and components: piston systems, cylinder components, and valve train systems. Various test systems are available for ideal product development and testing. Most engine test benches were relocated about 100 km away to Muskegon, including about 20 live test benches for passenger car and heavy truck engines.
Established: 2002, since 2013 within the MAHLE Group
Year current location was built: 2002
R&D employees: 177
Tech Center surface area: 15,886 sqm
The MAHLE Tech Center in Troy benefits from being in close proximity to the “Motor City” of Detroit and the automotive industry located in that region. It is MAHLE’s North American center for the Thermal Management and Filtration business units.
Since 2004, MAHLE has operated one of the largest climatic wind tunnel in the world in Troy, bringing the street into the laboratory with realistic measurement and testing conditions. The Troy Wind Tunnel (TWT) is designed to enable testing for a wide range of applications and vehicle sizes, including Class 8 trucks. For example, the temperature in the TWT can range from -30 to +50°C, with maximum wind velocities of 200 km/h for passenger cars (with 6 sqm of nozzle area). In addition to the climatic wind tunnel, MAHLE runs a wide range of other test benches in Troy, including an NVH test bench in a semianechoic chamber.