Precision manufacturing

Design and manufacture of complex mechanical components for engines, transmissions and drivelines for high performance and specialised applications delivered in low volumes.

Precision manufacturing


We design and manufacture unique transmission solutions optimised to the requirements of our clients’ applications.

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Specialists in precision gears, torque path and prismatic components delivered in low to mid volumes for motorsport and performance automotive

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Our clients generally require a continuing supply of spare parts and sub-assemblies for their products even after production ceases. The requirement for spares typically remains for 15 years post-production. We support our customers with supply of spare parts even after regular production has ended.

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Custom and bespoke transmissions for high-performance and specialised vehicle applications, supplied in niche volume.

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Precision manufacturing


Complex components for engines, gearboxes and transmissions manufactured in-house

Ricardo has been a trusted manufacturing partner for over 50 years, serving some of the biggest names in the motorsport, performance automotive, aerospace, marine, off-highway, and industrial sectors.

Operating at low volumes, we deliver quality-assured precision machined components and assemblies quickly and competitively. Our services include bespoke transmission design and manufacture, prototype manufacturing support, and contract manufacturing solutions.

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Primarily, we provide low volume series supply of complex components typically found in engines and drivelines. We manufacture complete transmissions down to sub-assemblies and individual parts like gears and prismatic components. Consideration of one-off production runs are taken on a case by case basis.

Ricardo works with customers across the globe operating in industries where reliability, performance, durability, and quality are critical. We take on the toughest design and manufacturing challenges with complex delivery requirements and tight lead times.

Our experts have the specialist industry knowledge and access to the state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies required to deliver finished product with complex requirements in competitive lead times.

Our services include:

  • Transmission design, manufacture, and supply
  • Component design, manufacture, and supply
  • Prototype manufacturing
  • Contract manufacturing solutions

With our complimentary capability in advanced assembly facility specification, supply chain management, and new product introduction processes, Ricardo can add significant value in a highly complementary manner to its clients’ premium-product aspirations.

Ricardo is recognised as a market leader in the design of optimised powertrain and driveline solutions for high performance and specialised applications.

We offer design solutions tailored to the requirements of our client. Our services range anywhere from complete turnkey drivelines designed from a clean sheet, to the optimisation of designs of individual components in existing systems, to reverse engineering of legacy systems for refurbishment.

Our team of experts build on over a century of specialised engineering capability to bring our customers innovative solutions to even the most challenging technical and packaging requirements.

Our design engineers work closely with our production, manufacturing, and supply chain experts to ensure solutions are designed with cost-effective and efficient manufacture in mind. All without compromising consistent quality, precision, reliability, and performance.

Whether the product has been designed in-house by Ricardo’s experts or we are manufacturing to an existing design, our clients can expect exceptional attention to detail and a premium product which match and exceed expectations.

Our team of manufacturing specialists have decades of experience producing complex machined parts within compressed lead-times. This includes components with intricate features, complex shapes, and tight tolerances. As well as strict industry-guided regulations on specification or quality control.

The principles of quality and precision are at the heart of our manufacturing hub based in Leamington Spa. It starts with high quality raw materials. Our experts work closely with our supply chain to ensure that the materials selected will have the necessary properties and characteristics required for the specific application.

Our skilled technicians have access to advanced multi-axis CNC machinery, along with conventional tools and precision techniques to achieve complex geometries and intricate designs with utmost precision.

We understand the importance of delivering products that adhere to exact specifications, and our quality management processes ensures that each component is meticulously crafted to achieve an unrivalled standard of quality.

The commitment to excellence and attention to detail exhibited by our manufacturing experts is what sets us apart. We take pride in our ability to consistently deliver machined parts made with the reliability, durability, and quality that our clients demand for their application. Our unrivalled standard of quality is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team, making us the preferred choice for manufacturing components for specialist applications.

Ricardo embeds quality at every stage of the production process. We take a proactive approach to continuous improvement and identifying and addressing potential issues or deviations early on to minimise risk of defects and failures.

Our ‘right first time’ mentality can be found throughout the production process, helping us to reduce waste, improve efficiency and ensure that our clients receive quality products. To achieve this, we use Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) techniques throughout production to ensure that every product meets the required specifications and quality standards for the production programme.

From design and manufacturing, through supply chain accreditation to assembly and end of line testing, we ensure that every product is supplied to our clients’ exacting standards.

Our in-house quality and inspection facilities include a metallurgical laboratory and a range of metrology tools and techniques including Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) tools and software, which allow us to ensure the fidelity of our finished products.

Finally, before the products are delivered to the clients, Ricardo conducts end-of-line testing. This involves subjecting each product to rigorous testing procedures to ensure that it functions as intended and meets all the necessary performance and safety requirements. By conducting thorough testing, Ricardo can identify and rectify any issues or defects before the products are shipped to the clients, ensuring that they receive products of the highest quality.

Ricardo’s manufacturing processes and systems are backed up by our certifications for a range of criteria including Quality Management Systems, Environmental Management, Energy Management, and Information Security.

  • ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management Systems
  • AS9100D – QMS for Aviation, Space and Defence
  • ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management System
  • ISO 50001:2018 – Energy Management
  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013 – Information Security Management System
  • IATF 16946 - Quality Management Systems (Automotive)
  • TISAX level 3
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Meet the experts

James Sundler

James Sundler

Business Development Director

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Steve Blevins

Steve Blevins

Head of Engineering for Motorsport

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Stuart Cooper

Stuart Cooper

Market Head - Motorsport

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Tony Golland

Tony Golland

Market Head - Defence

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