Vehicle adaptation

We deliver the adaptions of commercially available wheeled vehicles to meet client specified roles and requirements for specialised industry applications.

Vehicle adaption programmes for specialised applications

Ricardo provide a vehicle vehicle adaption service which taps into our full-service engineering capability to deliver commercially available wheeled vehicles tailored to meet the specific requirements of our clients.

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Ricardo offers a unique combination of skills across all aspects of vehicle chassis and propulsion systems and a network of technical partners to meet the most demanding land fleet requirements.

In addition, we have an excellent network of technical partners to add capability in body and armouring systems for defence applications.

We work with clients from a variety of sectors who require prototyping services for their specialist vehicles. In particular, we have over 25 years of experience delivering programmes to the UK defence market, meeting their most demanding in-service requirements.

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Our approach

Unrivalled engineering expertise

Tap into Ricardo’s expertise in complete vehicle engineering from powertrain to transmission. Our holistic understanding of the complete vehicle system enables us to deliver optimal functionality and attributes performance to our clients

Defence specialists

With over 25 years of developing solutions for the defence market, we have excellent knowledge of end user mobility roles and requirements, ensuring that our clients can be assured of solutions delivered to meet their exacting standards.

Next generation powertrain capability

Our engineers and facilities can deliver and support powertrains of the future. We have capability in hydrogen, electrification and alternative fuels enabling us to support our clients in developing the next generation of clean mobility.

Strict confidentiality

Special vehicle programmes require the strictest levels of confidentiality. Our clients can trust Ricardo to develop their programmes under the strictest confidentiality. Our UK based operations are on the List X secure site register.

Vehicle adaptation


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