Celebrating 50 years in the motorsport industry
Half a century of success
2022 marks 50 years at the forefront of global motorsport transmission development for Ricardo. For over half a century, we have been partnering with top-tier motorsport customers to deliver championship winning products and engineering innovation in the field of competition-ready transmission technology. Our wealth of experience in the industry means that we have become the trusted engineering partner for world-championship winning and world-record breaking motorsport teams across many formats such as Formula 1, GT and prototype, single seater, WRC, and electric race series including Formula E.
To celebrate this important milestone, we are taking a retrospective look at some of the key moments in Ricardo’s motorsport history. Each month, we will focus on a seminal vehicle, project or platform and explore some of the technologies which have defined half a century of delivering excellence for our customers in the motorsports industry.
A history of winning with Ricardo
Take a look back at some of our highlights.
Ford RS200: A rally icon
A review of the development of the Ford RS200 and a nostalgic look into the intriguing world of Group B rally.
Audi R8: a Le Mans legend
We look back at our involvement in the development of the Audi R8, a legend of Le Mans.
Dallara chassis: Series success
Learn how Ricardo developed a bespoke single seater gearbox for the Dallara chassis with two variations.
Reynard 0S2: one chassis, two classes
We look back at the development of the Reynard 02S chassis for LMP900 and LMP675.
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution: Dakar legend
We review the development of a transmission worthy of Mitsubishi's impressive pedigree at the Dakar rally for the Pajero Evolution Super Production.
Ford Focus RS WRC 06: bringing the World Rally Championship into Focus
We review the specification of the transmission which saw Ford Motorsport to double Manufacturer's Title wins at the World Rally Championships.
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP: Turning gearbox technology on its head
Ricardo and PSA Group team up to bring diesel to Le Mans and return Peugeot Sport to top-tier endurance racing.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup transmission: engineering collaboration for spec-series success
Learn how engineering collaboration is enabling the improvement of performance and optimisation of costs for one of the world's largest single make motorsport programmes.
BMW M6 GT3: designing from the ground up
Ricardo teamed up with BMW Motorsport to develop a bespoke transaxle and gearbox solution for the M6 GT3.
For GTLM GTE-Pro: back to Le Mans
Ricardo and Ford teamed up for the anniversary of their infamous '66 Le Mans win with a new transmission design.
Hyundai i20 N Rally: developing a hybrid transmission
We look back at the development of a hybrid transmission solution for Hyundai Motorsport.
Developing a Formula E transmission solution for DS Performance
We look back on the development of a transmission solution for Formula E applications for DS Performance.
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