Form 6 A-level & IB Diploma Design Technology pupils recently visited Jaguar Land Rover to learn about their production line, their testing process and to see how their vehicles develop into world-class, high performance cars.
Undergraduate Design Fellow, Lauren Day, tells us more:-
“The first stop was the production plant at Castle Bromwich who are currently producing the Jaguar F type. The pupils learned about how each car on the production line is custom ordered and that the company never creates a car before the order is placed and paid. The pupils really engaged with the visit and asked questions about custom features and how the plant is operated to keep the standards high and the costs low. They found that the plant operates with enough parts for production for two hours to keep down costs on wasted parts; also that a customer can request any colour for their car for the cost of £10,000 if it is not a standard paint colour.
After a brief lunch stop, we headed onwards to the Gaydon site which focuses on testing and designing vehicles with designers and engineers based on site. Although we were not permitted to view the design and sculpture workshops due to an upcoming product launch, we did get to view the engineering tests performed on the vehicles to ensure they perform to their high standards. We were taken around the weather chambers where vehicles are subjected to extreme temperatures for long periods of time to view performance. We then headed to the test rig facility where we arrived just in time to view a test on a section of a Range Rover being crashed into a kerb at 40mph to view the damage to the axel, chassis and wheels.
Overall an exciting and informative day was had by all.”