It will be recalled that Millbrook Proving Ground, formerly owned by General Motors, was purchased by Rutland Partners in October 2013. Since then, Rutland has maintained a low-profile in the background running of the Bedfordshire business.
Almost exactly two years after Rutland stepped in to take Millbrook off GM's hands - in fact, almost to the day - another of the UK's strategic vehicle engineering and testing facility - and one much larger in size and scope than Millbrook - came up for sale. MIRA was acquired by Japan-based automotive test equipment supplier Horiba which had already established an important client base in the UK, especially within JaguarLandRover. For years, MIRA had been the UK's bespoke vehicle testing facility and one that was used by almost every vehicle manufactuer in the country.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see which of the facilities at Millbrook is the focus of further investment. It is known that the 'bowl' is one such item. Certainly, the arrival last October of Horiba on the scene in the vehicle testing arena will have sharpened the focus of several minds in this sector.