Ricardo Quarterly Q2 2013

Ricardo Quarterly Q2 2013


Riding into new Territories: BMW Motorrad is best known for its touring and sports bikes, but with the new C600 Sport and C650 GT maxi scooters the premium motorcycle maker is entering a completely new sector of the market. We report on how this ambitious programme, with its powertrain engineered by Ricardo, was completed in record time.

Fuelling the forces: After an influential report by the US Government’s Defense Science Board highlighted the need to save fuel across all military operations, the FED Alpha project was born. We report on the ground-breaking approach which led to the development of a fuel-efficient replacement for the famous HMMWV Humvee.

Q&A with Jerome Guillen, programme director, Tesla Motors: Tesla is the company of the moment and the electric Model S is the car of the moment – in this interview its creator describes the challenges of EV engineering, the premium market and the prospects for next year’s Model X crossover.

RQ viewpoint: Do turbocharged engines mean the end of sporty sound quality? Ricardo NVH technical specialist Matt Maunder explains how sound can be engineered to meet the most demanding of brand requirements.

Ricardo news: launch of the new Ricardo Atlas-II research engine; Chinese locomotive engine contract; follow-up order for Foxhounds; modular power for India; Kenya climate change plan.

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