Ricardo Quarterly Q4 2002

Ricardo Quarterly Q4 2002

INDUSTRY UPDATE

Detroit Show: Cadillac’s awesome V16; GM embraces hybrids for production; Ford celebrates centenary with sustainable hydrogen concept, and Ricardo chief executive Rodney Westhead salutes Hummer in his welcome message

NEWS FROM RICARDO

Ricardo signs historic accord with Japan’s Horiba; i-MoGen scoops key technology award; Detroit Technology Campus opens for business; Ricardo chairman Sir Noel Davies completes centenary London-Brighton run in 100-year-old car

FEATURES

Hummer H2 8 GM’s first application of the legendary Hummer name for civilian use had to match the military icon’s spectacular all-terrain ability and beat today’s luxury SUVs for comfort too – all within a record 16-month timescale. GM turned to Ricardo for chassis, driveline and vehicle engineering expertise – and Jeremy Burne tells the story of a spectacular success

Software update

WAVE v5 is the most significant software development project ever carried out by Ricardo, making it the most comprehensive engine performance simulation package on offer. Anthony Smith reports

Transforming transmissions

The Ricardo transmissions business is poised for rapid expansion, with high-profile clients and an ever-stronger presence in top-level motorsport

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Nissan Motor Company:

Carlos Ghosn

Architect of one of the most spectacular revivals ever witnessed in the auto business, Carlos Ghosn presides over what is now the world’s most profitable volume carmaker. Julian Rendell asks Nissan’s celebrated leader about the secrets of the turnaround, and what the future holds

Ford of Europe:

Martin Leach

One-time development engineer Martin Leach has raced through the Ford ranks to become European president and CEO – and is now responsible for bringing 45 new models to market in five years. Tony Lewin asked him about the daunting challenges that lie ahead

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