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Global oil demand to peak before 2020 - study

8 November 2011

A study by engineering services and consulting company Ricardo predicts that global demand for oil may well peak before 2020 and fall back to levels significantly below 2010 demand by 2035.


Review of dual-clutch transmission

4 May 2007

New environmental and fuel efficiency legislation coupled with advances in electronics and manufacturing techniques have triggered new automated transmission technologies, writes Matthew Beecham. The most likely winner that will replace traditional automatics and boost market penetration of automated transmissions will be the dual clutch transmission (DCT).


ZF confirms 8-Speed auto

4 May 2007

At two separate events recently, ZF publicly confirmed rumours that it is developing a new 8-speed automatic transmission, for launch in 2010. This follows the introduction by Mercedes-Benz of its 7-speed W7A-700 in 2003, and more recently the Aisin TL-80SC (=Toyota/Lexus AA80E) 8-speed automatic, which is fitted in the Lexus LS460 [250L] writes Chris Guile, powertrain analyst at CSM Worldwide.


Green motorsport

27 March 2007

For those serious about the future of racing, the MIA’s Energy Efficient Motorsport Conference, held to coincide with the Mobil 12 Hours of Sebring, proved a significant event. With support from UK Trade & Investment, Shell, Xtrac and SAE, this was the first time that such a gathering had taken place in the USA.

Latest interviews


Q&A with Ricardo on future powertrain technology

3 August 2015

At the opening of Ricardo's new Vehicle Emissions Research Centre (VERC), Calum MacRae sat down to discuss future powertrain developments with Ricardo's Professor Neville S. Jackson who serves as the engineering consultancy's Chief Technology and Innovation Officer.


Ricardo interview

31 May 2007

Hybrids, alternative fuels, emissions and China are all high on the agenda for Dave Shemmans, chief executive officer of Ricardo plc, one of the world’s top independent engineering consultants.


Q&A with Ricardo on transmissions

29 May 2007

Two years ago, Bugatti unveiled details of its revolutionary seven-speed twin-clutch DSG gearbox, subsequently launched in its Veyron car. Developed by Ricardo, the unit handles the massive torque produced by the Veyron’s 1001bhp 16-cylinder engine. Since then, Ricardo has been pushing back the technical boundaries of dual-clutch systems. Matthew Beecham talked to Ricardo’s Lee Sykes, Global Product Group Director, Transmissions and Drivelines, Jim Hey, Chief Programme Engineer, Transmissions and Drivelines, and Jon Wheals, Chief Engineer, Innovation, about what we could expect to see emerging from the development house.

Latest news


Ricardo to develop solid-state lithium batteries

8 October 2018

Ricardo says it will work on a partially UK government funded collaborative 'PowerDrive Line' project to develop a lithium-based solid-state battery for EVs and PHEVs, and establish a pre-pilot line for this solid-state battery cell technology.


Ricardo and Roke launch new Digital Resilience Lab

13 September 2018

Ricardo and Roke have jointly launched a new Digital Resilience Lab to 'help automotive manufacturers design and produce the next generation of secure vehicles and realise the vision of future transport systems'.


Ricardo develops single-speed transmission for EVs

12 September 2018

Ricardo says it has developed a new single-speed E-Axle transmission that offers a balance of efficiency and performance, together with low total cost of ownership.


Toyota and Ricardo develop second fuel cell eTruck

6 August 2018

Toyota has unveiled the second iteration of its Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck.


New Ricardo motor to boost power, cut hybrid costs

16 July 2018

As part of its contribution to a recently completed major European research initiative to achieve more efficient and cost-effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, Ricardo has developed a new 48V e-motor offering up to a 50% increase in power density compared with current production machines.


Ricardo & Ford Otosan form a new joint venture

24 May 2018

Ricardo is assisting Ford Otosan as heavy-duty transmission family development partner for future commercial vehicle platforms.


just-auto Plus only Inrix/AutopleX to enhance AV capabilities

24 April 2018

Inrix, the world leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, and the AutopleX consortium, led by Jaguar Land Rover, announced that the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles has awarded GBP4.7m (US$6.6m) to significantly enhance...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo joins JLR-led AutopleX project

23 April 2018

Led by Jaguar Land Rover, AutopleX is a GBP4.7m (US$6.6m) project to develop self-driving cars that can 'see' at blind junctions and through obstacles. AutopleX will combine connected, automated and live-mapping tech so more information is provided...


Ricardo to collaborate with Enable in Japan

5 April 2018

Ricardo is to collaborate with Enable on testing and calibration in Japan.


Ricardo develops three-truck platooning system

27 March 2018

With major truck platooning R&D and demonstration projects ongoing in Europe, Asia and North America, engineering and consulting firm Ricardo says it is leading the way in bringing the prospect of heavy duty long-haul truck platooning to the world’s highways – offering the prospect of CO2 emissions reductions and operator fuel savings, while improving traffic flow and road safety.


just-auto Plus only Ricardo/CaFCP join over hydrogen fuel cell tech.

8 June 2017

Ricardo Strategic Consulting is collaborating with the California Fuel Cell Partnership to provide economic modelling tools that will enable the assessment of total cost of ownership of future fuel cell trucks, and hydrogen stations necessary to support...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo to supply transmission for Valkyrie

7 June 2017

Ricardo has been awarded a contract to manufacture the advanced transmission for the ground-breaking Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar. The Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar is the product of an Innovation Partnership between the British luxury brand and Red Bull...


Ricardo joins Toyota on Project Portal

3 May 2017

Ricardo says it is working with Toyota on a high profile fuel cell demonstration project in the US.


just-auto Plus only Ricardo commissions new engine test system

7 April 2017

A new end-of-line dynamometer system has been commissioned at Ricardo’s UK engine assembly plant, providing a state-of-the-art test capability for some of the world’s most powerful production supercar engines. Marking the culmination of a 24...


Ricardo develops emissions monitoring service

21 March 2017

Ricardo Energy & Environment, working with technology partner OPUS Inspection, has launched a real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service.


just-auto Plus only Ricardo joins Integral project

22 February 2017

Thermo-electric generators allow waste heat to be recovered and used productively to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions – Ricardo is participating in the Integral project which aims to apply this technology to passenger cars and heavy duty...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo to supply transmission for AM-RB 001

17 February 2017

It can be revealed that Ricardo has been nominated by Aston Martin to design, develop and supply an advanced transmission for the ground-breaking AM-RB 001 hypercar which is being created as the result of a unique collaboration between Aston Martin and Red...


just-auto Plus only Ultran project partners develop ultra driveline

8 December 2016

Ultran has been a three-year research initiative led by Jaguar Land Rover in a consortium including Ricardo, Tata Steel, Lubrizol, GRM Consulting, American Axle & Manufacturing and the Universities of Southampton, Newcastle and Warwick – with the...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo leads PICASSOS project

25 November 2016

The PICASSOS project, which stands for Proving Integrity of Complex Automotive System of Systems, is a three-year research initiative led by Ricardo together with partners Jaguar Land Rover, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, YorkMetrics, D-RisQ and the...


Ricardo passes 2,000 engine mark in six months

23 November 2016

Ricardo says it manufactured more than 2,000 engines in the six months to the end of October – more than achieved in any previous full year.


just-auto Plus only EcoTwin partners showcasing truck platooning

7 November 2016

NXP Semiconductors and its partners are showcasing the progress of secure intelligent transport systems in advance of this year’s electronica show in Munich. The demonstrations include platooning live on Munich roads, traffic signal and vehicle...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo/AMRC join over powertrain electrification

30 September 2016

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global engineering company Ricardo. As global specialists in transport, security, energy, scarce resources and waste, Ricardo...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo led ADEPT project car ready for evaluation

16 September 2016

The automotive industry is facing the challenge of offering customers new vehicles that are able to deliver significantly improved fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions, while at the same time maintaining affordability, performance and achieving...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo improves occupant safety in US army Humvee

13 September 2016

Following a highly successful pilot programme, conducted in collaboration with the Michigan National Guard and US army, involving the field testing of a number of vehicles fitted with a Ricardo engineered antilock braking (ABS) and electronic stability control...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo to supply Proteus 300 for DFCVs research

8 September 2016

Ricardo has been selected by DongFeng Commercial Vehicles (DFCV) to supply a complete turnkey solution for an advanced single-cylinder diesel research engine and associated vital laboratory equipment, to support the firm – one of China’s biggest...


Ricardo and Quanchai to develop new diesel engines

31 August 2016

Ricardo has signed an agreement with Anhui Quanchai Engine - one of China’s largest diesel engine makers - to support the development of a new generation common rail diesel engine platform for commercial applications.


just-auto Plus only Ricardo gets included in the FTSA4Good Index

17 August 2016

Ricardo announced on 11 August, 2015, its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index, the pioneering global responsible investment index, designed to identify companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practises. The globally...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo/SGMW ink strategic collaboration deal

3 August 2016

Ricardo and China’s SGMW sign strategic co-operation agreement. The agreement provides a framework for a broad range of collaboration including joint working on new product programmes, as well as training and technology transfer initiatives. The...


just-auto Plus only APC publishes Ricardo/E4tech collaborated research report

21 July 2016

The UK automotive industry needs to define its post Brexit strategy to make the best of low carbon propulsion technologies, and the recent publication of a report for the Automotive Council outlining the key opportunities available to the UK provides a clear...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo Strategic Consulting appoints new MD, Central Europe

13 July 2016

New appointment of Simon Schnurrer as managing director, Central Europe, for Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC), is intended to facilitate the development and expansion of Ricardo’s strategic management consulting activities across Germany and Central...

Ricardo news

Ricardo to develop solid-state lithium batteries

8 October 2018

Ricardo says it will work on a partially UK government funded collaborative 'PowerDrive Line' pro...


Ricardo and Roke launch new Digital Resilience Lab

13 September 2018

Ricardo and Roke have jointly launched a new Digital Resilience Lab to 'help automotive manufactu...


Ricardo develops single-speed transmission for EVs

12 September 2018

Ricardo says it has developed a new single-speed E-Axle transmission that offers a balance of eff...


Toyota and Ricardo develop second fuel cell eTruck

6 August 2018

Toyota has unveiled the second iteration of its Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell electric Class...


New Ricardo motor to boost power, cut hybrid costs

16 July 2018

As part of its contribution to a recently completed major European research initiative to achieve...


Ricardo & Ford Otosan form a new joint venture

24 May 2018

Ricardo is assisting Ford Otosan as heavy-duty transmission family development partner for future...



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