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Electronics

Ricardo Touts Cost Advantages of Central ECU

Centralizing a vehicle's electronic controls in one high-powered unit could save as much as $500 per vehicle, according to Ricardo plc.

Hybrid

Ricardo, Geely Team on Gearbox for Extended-Range Hybrids

Ricardo plc says it is developing a transmission that China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group will use in extended-range plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Design

Ricardo Software Aims to Curb Motion Sickness

U.K. engineering specialist Ricardo plc is developing software to help reduce the potential for motion sickness in next-generation cars.

Propulsion

Aston Martin Revs Up Valkyrie V-12 Engine

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. has released a teaser video that indicates the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 engine for the upcoming Valkyrie hypercar will generate 1,000 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque.

Mobility

U.K. Group to Test Connected Car Technology

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. and Ricardo plc are part of a British consortium that is developing connected vehicle technologies aimed at improving safety.

Propulsion

Ricardo Spin-Off Targets Improved Efficiency for Truck Engines

Ricardo plc has spun off its CryoPower business into a new company called Dolphin N2 Ltd. to commercialize a “split cycle” engine technology that aims to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks.

Mobility

Ricardo Adds Power Electronics/Vehicle Labs to California Tech Center

Ricardo Inc. is opening two laboratories at its three-year-old technical center in Santa Clara, Calif., to support the development of electrified and autonomous vehicles.

Business

Aston Martin Signs as Red Bull’s F1 Title Partner

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. has agreed to become the title sponsor for the Red Bull Formula One racing team beginning with next year’s season.

Business

Dyson Plans to Launch an EV in 2020

James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner that carries his name, confirms reports that his company is developing an electric car and intends to introduce it by 2020.

Dyson Snags Another Auto Exec

David Wyer has left Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., where he was director of purchasing, to take the same position at Dyson Ltd., Bloomberg News reports.

Business

Ricardo Creates Global Auto Group

Ricardo plc is combining its various transportation-related businesses into a new Global Automotive Group. 

Materials & Lightweighting

U.K. Makes Investments in Vehicle R&D

The British government has awarded £110 million ($137million) of funding covering 38 projects to develop and produce systems related to electrified and autonomous vehicles, lightweight materials, recycling and other sustainable technologies.

Production

Ricardo Develops Remote Emissions Monitoring System

Ricardo plc says it has begun testing a monitoring system in the U.K. that can measure the tailpipe emissions of vehicles as they pass.

Propulsion

McLaren Revs Up New Supercar

McLaren Automotive Ltd. says its second-generation Super Series model will sprint from zero to 200 kph (124 mph) in 7.8 seconds and cover a quarter mile in 10.3 seconds.

Aston Martin Teams Up on Hypercar

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. has identified several supplier partners for the limited-edition supercar it’s developing with Red Bull’s Formula One racing team.

Propulsion

BMW, McLaren to Partner on Engine R&D Program

BMW AG and McLaren Automotive Ltd. are teaming up as part of a joint research program to develop advanced engine combustion technologies that both carmaker’s plan to use in future vehicles.

The Next Big Thing in Computer Chips for Cars

The auto industry is poised to begin a shift from silicon chips to smaller and more efficient “wide-bandgap” semiconductors made with gallium nitride, says Karina Morley, Ricardo’s commercial director, Automotive.

Mobility

Building a Safety Case for Automated Mobility

This 7-page white paper from Ricardo focuses on the safety implications for cities of automated mobility.

Mobility

A Faster Way to Analyze Urban Transport Options

Cities have a rapidly growing list of options to manage transportation, improve air quality and reduce congestion.

Business

Repair Parts for Older Cars

New cars today will be on the the road for about 20 years before they're scrapped. But where will the repair parts come from to keep them running that long?

Autonomous Vehicles

Sensors and Autonomous Driving

Before a car can drive itself, it needs sensors that can accurately determine the vehicle’s surroundings and location. But that isn’t enough.

Hybrid

Tesla’s Top Communications Chief Leaves

Tesla Motors Inc. says Ricardo Reyes, its vice president of global communications, has left the company after 18 months in the post.

Autonomous Vehicles

Google Adds Auto Experience to Self-Driving Car Team

At least 25% of Google Inc.’s growing autonomous vehicle team has previous automotive experience, according to an analysis by Reuters.

Propulsion

VIEWPOINT | TRANSITIONING POWERTRAIN PARTS TO THE AFTERMARKET

When a carmaker introduces a new vehicle, it stops making repair parts for the previous model. But as the service lives of vehicles lengthens, it becomes more difficult for the automaker and its suppliers to know how many repair parts to stockpile.