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Technical Centre

The Helical Technical Centre was built in 1991 as a European Research and Development Centre, providing engineering support to the exhaust industry. Helical has further invested in the facility, which is now used by automotive manufacturers, motorsport teams and component suppliers for vehicle, powertrain, and increasingly, emissions testing.

The Helical Technical Centre offers a range of facilities including 15 test and NVH cells and a calibrated test track, for vehicles and components, including low and ultra-low emission vehicle technologies such as hybrid and electric.

We offer:

  • Durability testing
  • Validation programmes
  • Evaluation work
  • Emissions testing (Horiba MEXA)
  • R&D programmes
  • NVH data acquisition and development
  • Consultancy
  • Prototype development


  • Powertrains with a range of fuels eg. gasoline, diesel, gas and dual-fuel (Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG))
  • Exhaust systems
  • Hybrid and electric components
  • Gearboxes


  • Acoustic acquisition & analysis (LMS TestLab hardware & software)
  • Engine calibration (INCA, ATI & CANalyser hardware & software)
  • Structural diagnostics & evaluation
  • Heavy duty & passenger vehicle emissions measurements
  • Mechanical & thermal fatigue analysis & durability testing
  • Climatic & environmental testing
  • Materials analysis

Customers include automotive OEMs such as:

  • Bentley
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • McLaren
  • Ford
  • Cummins
  • Other global manufacturers

We also work in other non-automotive sectors such as:

  • Rail
  • Aerospace
  • Power Generation



  • Engine test cells x 12
  • Semi-anechoic engine dyno test cells x 2
  • Semi-anechoic vehicle chassis dyno test cells x 1
  • Vibration shakers x 5
  • Hydraulic actuators
  • Climatic chambers x 1
  • Vibration climatic chamber x 1 -70 °C to +190 °C rapid cooling
  • Natural gas burners x 5
  • Oven chambers x 11
  • Drive-by noise test track
  • Cold flow rig tester
  • Manufacture and modification
  • Vehicle workshops
  • Pre & post inspection
  • Serviced offices and warehouse

In addition to offering excellent and cost-effective ‘one stop shop’ facilities supported by expert staff, we can provide a dedicated customer ‘hot desk office’.

Warton Technical Centre Address

Helical Warton Technical Centre, Hillock Lane, Warton, Preston, PR4 1TP, UK  

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