Vehicle design and retrofit

Driving towards a safe and sustainable future with specialist mechanical and electrical design, supported by integral component manufacture.

Innovation that moves us

Our expert engineers support clients with cutting-edge vehicle design solutions. Our global team of engineers has expertise in a range of disciplines from powertrains, engines and architecture to software solutions and energy storage.

Working with the world’s leading automakers, suppliers and industry regulatory bodies, we provide unparalleled expertise in vehicle hybridisation and electrification. Our expert team offers a broad range of expertise and capabilities to support original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers with their electrification programmes, helping drive electric powertrain development for a safe and sustainable future.


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Our experts deliver innovative hybrid and electric battery pack solutions. We design, build and support clients with prototype packs through fully managed programmes. Our expertise spans across hydrogen fuel cell, cutting-edge electrification and other emerging technologies. Learn more about our battery and energy storage capabilities, trusted by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers globally.


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Discover our world-class capabilities for transmission design, development and niche manufacture. Our expertise covers a wide range of modern transmission systems and technologies, including dual clutch transmissions (DCTs), manuals, automatics, continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) and automated manuals. 


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Ricardo has over 100 years of experience delivering engine solutions to a broad range of clients. Our technical consultancy supports organisations and governments with leading internal combustion solutions for a wide range of market sectors, which includes innovative hybrid solutions. 


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Future Vehicle Architecture (FuVA) brings together knowledge and experience of working with automotive partners in developing high voltage electric vehicle (EV) platforms. Future Vehicle Architecture (FuVA) is a methodology created from the R-Intelect approach using programme experience and in-house toolsets such as integrated model-based development environments. The design concept is developed around a holistic approach to integration of the vehicle sub-systems. 


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Supporting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and tier 1 suppliers with connected vehicle innovation and programme development. Learn more about our capabilities to develop innovative connected vehicle architecture, vehicle automation solutions and ADAS software. 


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Ricardo develop embedded systems software on baremetal, lightweight ROTS as well as the AUTOSAR framework, which is widely adopted by many of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Our software capability is broad, Ricardo has developed a suite of proven software libraries to support rapid prototyping, from transmission control software to connected battery management systems. Our expert team can also develop bespoke solutions to support specific project requirements.


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Why Ricardo for Vehicle Design & Retrofit

Our expert engineers support clients with cutting-edge vehicle design and innovative retrofit solutions.

Unique engineering consultancy

Ricardo is uniquely positioned to support businesses with challenging engineering problems. With over 100 years of experience delivering impressive solutions, our in-house manufacturing capability is trusted by leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide.

Global technical centres

Our business has a global footprint of technical centres and offices, which ensures we can support our clients across the globe. Our projects can be delivered in tandem with client engineers, entirely by Ricardo or supported remotely by client personnel. Get in touch with our expert team for more information.

Turnkey delivery

Many of our projects are delivered as complete turnkey solutions. Our expert engineers will work on the project brief and deliver the solution completed, providing any support required on handover. Our team can support the project with scale-up solutions providing full manufacturing and supply chain expertise.  

Retrofit solutions

Our engineers can deliver excellent retrofit solutions onto existing architecture where required. Our team will work with clients on the project requirements to understand the objectives and deliver a seamless integration and full implementation support as required by the project.  

Vehicle design and retrofit

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Stefano di Palma

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Matt Beasley

President, Established Mobility

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Stefano Granvillano

Stefano Granvillano

Head of Rimini Technical Centre

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James Inggall

James Inggall

Global Head of Design and Development

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