Transmission and driveline testing

Our transmission and driveline experts specialise in delivering testing and development programmes to bespoke to the requirements of our clients.

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Our broad cross-sector capability is supported by the extensive experience of our engineering experts with a deeper understanding of the engineering objectives behind your test objectives. Our flexible approach means that we resolve issues that arise during the testing process as they occur, saving product development time and cost.

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We offer fully supported test plans on our specialised in-house facilities which include 2E, 3E and 5E rigs. We also have hybrid and EV capability, battery simulation, functional spin rigs, tilt rigs and a hydraulics rig.

We provide a comprehensive transmission testing capability including:

  • Support for a standalone test or a full development and validation program
  • Adaptable rig control software written and developed by Ricardo engineers to meet customers exact requirements
  • Rigorous examination of components to determine methods of reducing friction, increasing mechanical efficiency, optimising NVH, and improving reliability
  • Expertise in testing all transmissions technologies for all automotive and motorsport sectors including hybrid and EV

We are experts in transmission capability, from design through to production and testing.

We facilitate all manner of transmission testing programmes, from high performance vehicle to off-highway platforms. Our programmes are delivered on customisable test rigs to cover propulsion systems of all sizes.

Our transmission testing services are offered across all market sectors.

We have supported an impressive range of OEM and Tier 1 clients including:

  • Ford
  • Jaguar Landrover
  • Volvo
  • Geeley
  • AML

We also work closely with many Motorsports OEMs to deliver end-to-end transmission services which including testing.

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Expert team, state-of-the-art facilities

Tap into Ricardo's test and engineering expertise to reduce your product development time and cost.

Electrification capability

We deliver transmission testing programmes for both conventional and electric vehicles. We offer a one-stop-shop for testing and development of full electric powertrains.

Full-service product development

We offer an end-to-end service, from initial R&D testing to homologation of product. We can guide our clients through all aspects of the development process including product realisation, development and validation.

Advanced test capability

We are using our integrated test capabilities to help our clients realise future powertrain solutions, from aerospace to motorsport.

Remote access

Our transmission and driveline testing services can be delivered remotely without the need for our clients to travel onto site. This saves time, cost and carbon impact of product development.

Transmission and driveline testing


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Tim Bassett

Tim Bassett

Head of Test

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