Ricardo announces upgrades to performance transmission testing for motorsport
In parallel with the Professional Motorsport World show currently being hosted in Cologne, Germany, Ricardo will present the company’s vision for the next generations of Formula E race transmissions – alongside the announcement of key upgrades to its transmission test facilities to accommodate the high speed requirements of performance electric vehicles.
Ricardo has announced upgrades to its extensive transmission test facilities at its Midlands Technical Centre in Leamington Spa, UK. The modifications to its test beds – which will be completed early in 2019 – will ensure that the company’s test capabilities are ideally suited to the demands of vehicle electrification, including premium electric motorsport classes. The upgraded transmission test beds will be capable of simulating input speeds in line with the next generation of high-performance E machines.
While suitable for a broad range of transmission development applications, the first clients to benefit from the use of these upgraded test rigs will be a number of top tier Formula E customers who have selected Ricardo transmissions from Season 5 onwards. Ricardo has been developing such Formula E transmission solutions for the past 4 years and will take the opportunity to share its vision for future drivelines for this race series in a presentation at the Professional Motorsport World Show at 11.30 am CET tomorrow, 8th November.
“Ricardo has already developed an enviable reputation for Formula E transmissions,” commented Ricardo Performance Products MD Mark Barge. “The upgrade of our test facilities helps to provide us with a truly world-class capability, which I believe is best in class for this fast-growing sector. With this and other investments in our skills and advanced test and manufacturing facilities, we look forward to building multiyear development programmes and delivering Formula E season 5 compliant transmissions for the coming year. I am pleased that we are able to share this news at the Professional Motorsport World Show which is attended by so many of our motorsports customers, while also offering us the opportunity to share our vision for Formula E drivelines of the future.”