Ricardo Quarterly Q3 2004

Ricardo Quarterly Q3 2004

INDUSTRY UPDATE

BMW’s hydrogen record, magnesium engine block; California tackles climate change; Volvo builds world’s cleanest V8; suppliers lead innovation at Paris; France’s 540,000 electric sports car

NEWS FROM RICARDO

IBEX four wheel drive offers tailor-made configurations; bio-diesel emissions and lube effects on particulates; safety-critical Software

FEATURES

Chrysler’s sensation

With an astonishing 850 hp from its quadturbo V12, Chrysler’s ME Four-Twelve prototype uses Ricardo’s innovative sevenspeed dual clutch transmission. Tony Lewin reports on a record-breaking development programme

Oil shock

With crude oil prices breaking through the psychologically important $50 per barrel barrier, automakers need to anticipate the impact on consumer behaviour and vehicle engineering priorities. Markus Doerr of Ricardo Strategic Consulting reports

MINI miracle

Ricardo supported BMW with the development of the original new-generation MINI in 2001: now it has completed a midlife technical upgrade for the range, including a power hike for the already potent Cooper S

Hardware in the Loop

An exciting new development tool pioneered by Ricardo gives engineers scope for simultaneous improvement in speed, reliability and precision, says Jesse Crosse

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Ferrari

Amedeo Felisa, general manager of road car division Ferrari GT, explains to Tony Lewin how ultra high performance vehicles are developed

Volvo

Hans Folkesson is senior vice president of R&D at the Swedish car maker. Tony Lewin spoke to him at the Paris auto show as he unveiled Volvo’s first-ever V8 engine

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