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The Advanced Centre for Automotive Research and Testing (ACART) is a collaborative undertaking between the Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited and the University of Melbourne. ACART began in early 2006, and provides the local automotive and transport industries with state-of-the-art infrastructure and highly skilled personnel for automotive research and testing.

ACART is located at two nodes:

  1. the Ford Australia Proving Ground
  2. the Thermodynamics Laboratory, at the University of Melbourne in Parkville.

Visit the facilities link for specifications on the facilities at both of these sites.

Working with ACART

Since its inception, ACART has demonstrated its ability to deliver high quality, commercial-in-confidence testing and research to many different organisations. These have included numerous industry organisations, including direct competitors to Ford, as well as government bodies.

If you wish to work with us, the ACART team looks forward to hearing from you.

Research Programmes

ACART’s research and development activities are focused on reducing fuel consumption and emissions, whilst increasing the reliability of different types of vehicle. To do this, ACART has expertise in:

  • conventional and alternative fuels (including diesel, di-methyl-ether, ethanol, natural gas, hydrogen, LNG, LPG, methanol and petrol);
  • modelling and control of conventional and hybrid powertrains;
  • fuel chemistry;
  • laser and other diagnostics for combustion and fuel sprays;
  • chassis and engine dynamometer testing;
  • environmental wind tunnel testing.

ACART is currently running projects in several of these areas, both internally and with external collaborators and clients. You may also browse a list of recent publications.