TRaC provide EMC, Environmental and Radio Testing for the automotive industry and its supply chain.

We work with manufacturers of whole vehicles and the automotive supply chain that provides the sub-assemblies.  With our Early Stage Qualification (ESQ®) services and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) expertise, we make the route to automotive compliance easier. We engage with design teams at the beginning of the product life cycle to help eliminate unnecessary cost and risk of testing by avoiding the common pitfalls experienced by manufacturers. This eases the way through compliance, increasing the probability of passing on time and on the first attempt.

TRaC is both UKAS accredited to BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and registered as a Technical Service with the Vehicle Certification Agency. This makes us an ideal partner to deliver E Marking and validation for both automotive and military standards. Our 30 EMC chambers range from traditional dimensions for smaller systems up to our enormous vehicle EMC test chamber. Coupled with our industry leading environmental testing capacity, we are an ideal testing partner for the automotive industry needing EMC, environmental and radio testing for both whole vehicles and their sub-assemblies in civilian, industrial and military vehicles.

Our heavy vehicle semi-anechoic chamber (HVSAC) is specifically designed for testing cars, industrial equipment and military vehicles. It features a large internal space (18m x 14m) and it is floor rated to support up to 70 tonnes. This makes our largest EMC chamber comfortably big enough for any size of vehicle including:

  • Military vehicles
  • Cars
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Public transport
  • Heavy good vehicles
  • Industrial plant equipment
  • Track and race cars

As the UK’s leading environmental testing laboratory, our services provide the automotive industry with a comprehensive range of accredited commercial and defence environmental testing services. We can provide you with pre-compliance services to assess product behaviour and performance prior to formal testing, while our automotive environmental testing capabilities are further enhanced with our FEA expertise. This can evaluate virtual prototypes, examine safety and optimise automotive design early, before the additional cost and risks of building and testing physical prototypes.

So that we can evaluate and qualify the behaviour and performance of automotive sub-assemblies and components by replicating the harsh and demanding environment in which they will be asked to operate, we typically apply the following environmental tests:

  • Vibration and shock
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Ingress protection (water and dust)
  • High cycle fatigue
  • Salt corrosion
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic fatigue
  • Highly accelerated life testing (HALT)

We support the entire automotive industry from whole vehicles through the entire automotive supply chain that provides sub-assemblies and components fitted to all vehicles and regularly test these against the following standards:

  • E Marking
  • CE Marking
  • DEF STAN 59-411
  • DEF STAN 61-5
  • MIL-STD 461
  • MIL-STD 1275

To compliment both our EMC and environmental services, we also provide testing for the increasing number of automotive products that contain a radio device. Typically we assist automotive companies with the likes of car key fobs, keyless ignitions and proximity radars with radio testing and the international approval required to export cars to an international market.

To learn more about our automotive testing and how this can add value to your design and testing, email your specification and requirements to, enter your details into the blue form or call us on the number in the top right corner of this page.