Ricardo announces its new ‘Atlas-II’ engine and multi-fuel test facility at CIMAC 2013

Ricardo announces its new ‘Atlas-II’ engine and multi-fuel test facility at CIMAC 2013
06 May 2013

The Ricardo Atlas-II engine


  • The new Atlas-II single cylinder family sets new standards in large engine development with up to 300 bar firing pressure

  • Significantly reduces development time and costs, from components and sub-systems up to multi-cylinder engine production programmes

  • Customer orders now being accepted for Atlas-II engines configured to customer requirements – and a new UK Atlas-II facility will be available from August 2013

The centrepiece of Ricardo’s presence at the 2013 CIMAC World Congress on Combustion Engine Technology will be a demonstration model of the next generation Atlas-II, the very latest high-speed version of Ricardo’s highly successful range of large, single cylinder research and development engines. Able to test engine concepts ranging from 150-200 mm bore with a stroke of up to 280 mm, the Atlas-II enables the evaluation of large, multi-cylinder engine designs in a single power cylinder. Focused in particular on the needs of manufacturers engaged in the design of large natural gas engines, this new product provides a highly flexible, multi-fuel capable development tool which can deliver products faster to market and at considerably reduced cost. Further larger Atlas-II variants of up to 300 and 400 mm bore are also planned.

In addition to launching the new Atlas-II engine – available based on a 4-6 month delivery timescale depending upon options selected – Ricardo is also installing an Atlas-II at its UK large engine development facility where it will be available for customer project use from August 2013. 

“We are really pleased to be able to launch this exciting new product at the CIMAC World Congress,” commented Simon Brewster, Ricardo head of large engines. “In the design of the next-generation Atlas-II we have attempted to meet our customers’ requirements for significantly faster, lower cost, and more effective development cycles for high and medium speed engines. This will provide them with benefits in development of engine applications ranging from static power to railway locomotives and marine propulsion. Moreover, recognizing the substantial increase of interest in the use of natural gas, we have specified the design of the Atlas-II to provide a development environment that meets the requirements of this fuel in addition to those of diesel, heavy fuel oil and marine diesel oil. Regardless of the intended fuel or application, the Atlas-II thus provides a development tool that will help our customers save time and money – and create better large engines.”

Held in Shanghai on May 13-16, the 27th CIMAC World Congress on Combustion Engine Technology is the pre-eminent international technical forum for the large engine industry. Ricardo will be present throughout the show and will be exhibiting at booth E9001.


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