The Hidria Automotive Institute develops state-of-the-art automotive technologies. Its experts focus on innovative development projects in ignition systems in cutting-edge diesel engines, the development of hybrid and electric drive systems, new systems for heating the air in cars, delivery vehicles and trucks (PTC intake air heaters), and electronic ignition of small petrol engines.
The Institute encompasses 10 laboratories:
- laboratory for internal combustion engines,
- laboratory for developing and testing ignition systems,
- laboratory for developing electronics and electrical machines,
- laboratory for sustainable running of electrical machines,
- laboratories for standard testing,
- metallographic laboratory,
- chemical laboratory, and
- a prototype workshop.
The laboratory for internal combustion engines, which is equipped with cutting-edge equipment and an engine test cell with a cold chamber, the performance of internal combustion engines is tested at temperatures as low as -40°C. Under different operating regimes, we test the sustainable running of engines and perform dynamic measurements of their torque and power.
The Hidria Automotive Institute is also an important education centre in the areas of development, project management, working with state-of-the-art programme tools and the assurance of quality standards.
Construction of the Hidria Automotive Institute was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.