Renault Opens Titu Technical Center in Romania
The site is built on a 330-hectare midway between the Dacia plant in Pitesti and the Renault Technologie Roumanie (RTR) engineering center in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The new facility will test vehicles and powertrain components from the Renault Group.
The center has 100 test benches for complete vehicles and components (shock absorbers, running gear, powertrains and others). These can simulate extreme conditions, testing the resistance to cold, sunlight, rain and other difficult factors.
It also includes ten types of track that offer a total length of 20 miles (32 km) that allow engineers to analyze vehicle behavior. The tracks include a speed circuit, uneven road surfaces, an underbody impact zone, as well as water sections.
The site started welcoming workforce in June and will have a total headcount of 300 people by the end of the current year.
The Titu site complements the Aubevoye and Lardy test facilities in France. Its first project will be the testing of vehicles and powertrain components for the Dacia Logan’s B0 platform.
"The new facility will complement the Aubevoye and Lardy test centers in France and will focus on testing for vehicles and powertrain components from the B0 platform used for
Logan. An integral part of the Renault Technologie Roumanie site, the Titu center rounds out the Group's engineering facilities," stated the press release.
The move comes after the French carmaker opened a Spare Parts and Accessories Center in Oarja, Romania at the beginning of the month.