The 250-acre Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research campus in Greenville, S.C, is midway between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta on the Interstate 85 corridor. The development represents a strategically focused automotive and motorsports research campus. Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research is composed of five technology neighborhoods, each designed uniquely for optimizing an innovative and collaborative environment.


One Research Drive

One Research Drive is the sixth and final building in Technology Neighborhood I and located adjacent to the BMW Information Technology Resource Center. The four-story multi-tenant facility houses office, classroom and laboratory spaces for several tenants, including JTEKT Koyo, the Clemson University Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.


Innovation Place

Innovation Place Tower stands in the center of TNI and acts as a hub for visitors and community interaction. The Partnership office located on the fourth floor consists of business development, real estate, marketing, and partnership management functions dedicated to connecting automotive companies and programmatically linking them to Clemson University’s faculty and research expertise. Many amenities are located within Innovation Place including The TD Gallery, the Vrum Fitness Center as well as CU-ICAR’s rooftop garden.


BMW Information Technology Research Center

Located at the entrance of Technology Neighborhood I, the BMW Information Technology Research Center sits beside the Campbell Graduate Engineering Center. The ITRC is an integral part of BMW’s research and development network. Here, BMW, along with the information technology (IT) industry and universities, is working on customer-relevant innovations that interface the vehicle with its IT backend requirements.


Center for Emerging Technologies

The Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) is a 60,000 square foot multi-tenant facility that provides office, administrative and laboratory space for the transportation, technology and energy sectors.15 campus partners reside in the building as well the state-of-the-art CU-ICAR Component Testing Laboratory. In the CET, emerging or established companies are able to expand and develop technologies that complement the research of Clemson faculty and students. The center is designed to complete the technology chain from laboratory to the consumer.


Carroll A Campbell JR. Graduate Engineering Center

The 90,000-square-foot graduate building houses the automotive engineering graduate program and is the center for systems integration research activities as well as faculty, student, staff offices and conference facilities. The industry-focused and interdisciplinary program utilizes facilities that include full vehicle and engine/powertrain testing. In addition, visiting industry partner offices and visiting faculty offices provide comfortable space for our partners.


Koyo / JTEKT Group

The 118,000 square foot Collaboration 3 building hosts Koyo Bearings USA, a division of the JTEKT group. Koyo Bearings USA was formed when JTEKT purchased the needle roller bearing portion of the Torrington Company from Timken in 2009. Globally, JTEKT is a leading manufacturer of steering systems, driveline components, bearings, and machine tools, with operations in 70 locations and sales of $11 Billion. The Koyo Bearings division provides industry-leading technology in roller bearings and related assemblies for automotive and other industrial sectors. The Greenville Technical Center at CU-ICAR is Koyo Bearings’ primary location for needle bearing design and technology development including prototyping, product testing, and manufacturing process development.