- Shengrui recognized with the National Science and Technology Progress Award – one of China’s highest honours in the science and technology sector – for the advanced 8AT 8-speed automatic transmission, which was developed in partnership with Ricardo
- Total cumulative 8AT production passed 100,000 units in late 2016
The award-winning 8AT transmission was the result of a highly successful collaboration with Shengrui, a leading Chinese manufacturer of transmission and driveline systems and components based in Weifang, Shandong province. Ricardo took engineering responsibility from concept to pre-production prototypes, including responsibility for software and production calibration. This advanced transmission derived from an initial patent owned by Shengrui, and offers key advantages – including a relatively simple arrangement utilizing standard component design and manufacturing techniques. The resulting 8AT provides excellent shift quality, a highly compact design package competitive with less well specified products, and flexibility for further adaptation for four-wheel drive, integration with hybrid powertrain systems, and has the potential for application across a variety of torque capacities.
Since its initial development, the Shengrui 8AT has become one of China’s most successful driveline technology products, being applied to 14 different vehicle types across many indigenous Chinese and joint-venture vehicle brands. The company is also targeting an increase in production capacity to provide a volume by 2020 of one million units per year.
“On behalf of Ricardo I would like to congratulate Shengrui on the recent achievement of National Science and Technology Progress Award and its continuing success with the 8AT product,” commented Ricardo Asia president Gary Tan. “We are extremely proud to have been able to support Shengrui throughout its efforts to develop the 8AT product and we wish the company – and its world-class automatic transmission – every success in the future.”