Ricardo Quarterly Q1 2004

Ricardo Quarterly Q1 2004


Honda pioneers torque vectoring; Ford boss supports hybrid incentives; EPA’s novel hydraulic hybrid improves large SUV economy; Land Rover’s one-touch vehicle programming; switchable two-four stroke engine promises big benefits


Outgoing chairman welcomes his successor; new chemistry lab opens; HyTrans programme promises important energy savings in stop-start delivery operation


Tested to the limits

4,000,000 km a year are clocked up by Ricardo teams in Stuttgart in their durability testing for smart and other marques. Tony Lewin reports on the highly successful test programme for the new smart forfour

Diesel calibration for the US

On-board diagnostics is a key element in obtaining diesel certification in North America. Anthony Smith details Ricardo’s work in this complicated area and reports on the US entrepreneur so impressed with London’s taxis that he asked Ricardo to help adapt them for sale in his home market


The pioneering rCube development tool from Ricardo will help automakers with rapid prototyping of new network-based vehicle control architectures, says Anthony Smith


David W Thursfield 6

Ford’s British-born head of international operations and global purchasing has been instrumental in improving the group’s manufacturing efficiency and cutting costs. Hugh Hunston caught up with him at the Detroit Auto show

Alexander Koesling

Strategic programme manager for the new smart forfour, Koesling saw the co-operative project with Mitsubishi go from styling freeze to Job One in a record 33 months. Tony Lewin asks how it was done

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