DaimlerChrysler Corp. has cut the ribbon on an immense new engine-testing facility at its technical center in Auburn Hills, MI. The project, finalized at a cost of $300 million, houses 129 engine dynamometer test cells in five interconnected wings encompassing more than 250,000 sq.-ft. Engine testing and development now is so crucial to a large automaker, says John Duane, specialist, computer and instrumentation, that the facility runs virtually flat-out, 24 hours per day. The ...

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