GM won't build its own fuel-cell engines, MG Rover plans for the future, EU farms to grow biofuels, Warwick University says the UK's future is in niche manufacture and Delphi gears up for 42-volt electrics. Plus a message from Ricardo chief executive Rodney Westhead
NEWS FROM RICARDO
Laser technology boosts combustion research, a new report forecasts diesel sales boom, pressure sensors are key to future engine management. And as Jaguar's X-type goes on sale to wide acclaim, Ricardo outlines its involvement in the AWD transmissions system.
Ricardo Conference: the highlights
Environmental issues dominated the Second Ricardo International Conference, held last June. Jeff Daniels reports from Brighton, England on hybridgs, 42-volt electrics and direct gasoline injection
MINI: a major achievement
With the demerger of BMW and Rover, the MINI program needed a partner. BMW passed the project to Ricardo- presenting the British company with one of the biggest challenges and tightest deadlines it has ever had to face. Julian Rendell relates the tale
Motorsport: a dedicated division
Ricardo has long been involved in motor-sport developments at every level, but now Ricardo Motorsport is the one-stop shop for every engineering solution. Jesse Crosse meets the brains behind the new division's achievements
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Sir Nobuhiki Kawamoto
CEO of Honda from 1990 to 1999, Kawamoto gave the keynote address at June's Ricardo International Conference. Afterwards, he revealed to Tony Lewin his views on the issues faces by the motor industry. Global warming, fuel cells and aluminium cars are high on the agenda
End of life: end of profits?
From 2007, automakers will have to pay for the eventual scrapping of all vehicles they have ever made. It's seen by many as a financial time-bomb ticking away to bankruptcy, but the legal interpretations and true costs remain unclear. Ian Skinner asks: is the industry crying wolf?