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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

MN Center for Automotive Research Lab

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Minnesota Center for Automotive Research (MnCAR Lab)

MnCAR Lab ImageEstablished as an applied research center in 1998, students use the MnCAR to evaluate engine performance, vehicle performance, and emissions. The center provides the same evaluation procedures as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. The lab contains over $300,000 in major equipment. A central component of the lab is a chassis dynamometer that simulates the engine strain of realistic driving conditions and allows data to be collected on emissions and fuel economy. In addition, a separate engine test cell is capable of accommodating three more engine dynamometers.

An integral component of the AET Program, the MnCAR involves undergraduate students in comprehensive projects. In addition, the MnCAR equips the automotive industry and government agencies with direct assistance in automotive research and product development.