Institute for Advanced Automotive
Propulsion Systems

Delivering future generations of clean and efficient vehicles

How the UK retains its position as a global leader in automotive research is critical in the years ahead. Against a changing economic and environmental backdrop, our ability to deliver research and development, support jobs and investment and deliver the cars of the future has never been more important.

The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS), based at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, will be industry led and compete on a global scale to support the UK in delivering transformational research in the years to come.

Combining the world's best engineers with industry, underpinned by a track record in expertise and delivery from the University of Bath, IAAPS can help deliver the cars of the future, secure jobs and investment and ensure the UK is not left behind within the automotive propulsion research arena.

40 years research experience

Established track record

We have over 40 years of automotive research experience with industry leaders including Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.

Delivering results for business

Reputation for delivery

Our Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC) has a proven track record, having delivered over 15 Innovate UK and APC funded projects. Our research income over the last five years has been over £11 million.

Industry-leading development


We helped to develop the first Ultraboost engine which delivered the power of a large V8 petrol engine with the fuel economy of one that's up to 65% smaller.

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Our new facility will be truly unique in the UK, offering access to state of the art equipment and demonstration space, encouraging partnerships on breakthrough technologies.

Supporting the economy

We address the key issues in the automotive sector, positioning the UK as a global competitor, focusing on new environmentally healthy cars, supporting the economy and upskilling our current workforce to take on the challenges of the future.

Mark Mathieson
Mark Mathieson, Chief Engineer Powertrain - McLaren Automotive Limited

"McLaren is a strong supporter of the proposed Institute, to be based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park. Automotive propulsion technology is experiencing a period of revolutionary change that will define a future of cleaner and more efficient powertrains for all forms of automotive transport."