Ricardo Quarterly Q4 2008

Ricardo Quarterly Q4 2008


Global business crisis brings electric cars into focus; GM, Ford play engine catch-up; PSA shows through-the-road hybrids; Toyota introduces stop-start; plastic mufflers that save weight and space


China operation in major expansion; fuel efficient defence; Indian Tier 1 becomes Ricardo customer; new MD for Ricardo Strategic Consulting; high-speed WAVE-RT offers real-time simulation


Jaguar Land Rover CEO David Smith took command when Tata acquired the British automakers in June, and immediately faced the global financial crisis. Tony Lewin hears his thoughts about the future Royal visit

Shoreham Technical Centre

A major expansion to Ricardo’s UK headquarters was opened by HRH The Duke of York in October. Anthony Smith accompanied him as he toured exhibits demonstrating a century of Ricardo innovation

Chery A5 hybrids

China’s biggest automaker turned to Ricardo for expertise when it wanted to launch a range of hybrid models. John Challen discovers a remarkable programme which expanded to include full system design and integration – and even provision for the Olympic Games

Near-zero emission diesels

Once seen as the poor relation to gasoline, diesel is now in pole position as the clean fuel of the future – thanks to Ricardo’s R&D. Jesse Crosse looks at the programmes and talks to the world-class engineers driving them

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