Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Ricardo delivers AWD transmission for rallying
Ricardo claims it has made a return to “very top level of rally-based motorsport” with an ultra- lightweight and highly compact AWD transmission and driveline
“While we have been working on this state-of-the-art project for three years, this will be the first support for rallying that we have been able to announce since our work on the Ford WRC Focus in 2010 claims Ricardo Performance Products managing director Mark Barge.
The new all-wheel-drive transmissions is the result of an intensive development programme between the transmission specialist and a leading international automaker is the first of “many products” that will again see Ricardo plc supporting leading world rally teams.
The new transmission is a sequential five-speed unit with ratio’s optimized for gravel and asphalt, offering a class-leading balance of robustness and package, while achieving the FIA requirements of the R5 championships for which it is intended. In close collaboration with the client’s rally team, the complete driveline system has been designed and developed by Ricardo at its Leamington, UK facility, including an extensive programme of physical testing on the company’s in-house test facilities.
The transmission and driveline that has now been delivered is the first of a series that will be supplied to this particular client to support its event activities in the 2016 season – and it will be followed also by Ricardo-designed and developed driveline products for other automakers competing in other forms of rallying.
“The fact that this is the first of two major programmes for the forthcoming season – in addition to many component supply contracts – means our announcement undeniably marks the public return of Ricardo to the very top level of rally based motorsport,” concluded Barge.