Ricardo plc is a British publicly listed company named after its founder, Sir Harry Ricardo originally incorporated and registered as Engine Patents Ltd in 1915 and since 1919 based at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. The company is a leading global multi-industry engineering provider of technology, product innovation and strategic consulting. Ricardo develops engines, transmissions, vehicle systems, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and hybrid & electric systems. The industries served are in transportation, defense and clean energy.
The Comet series of diesel engines. One of the earliest types of indirect injection system, the Comet's 'swirl' chambers made high-speed diesel engines practical. First used in AECLondon Buses, and the 1935 Citroën Rosalie passenger car, its pre-combustion system is still used in today's diesel engines and has been improved over the decades.
Executing the complete design of the six cylinder motor for the BMW Motorrad K1600GT and K1600GTL, and the design and manufacture of its transmission, under contract to BMW.
An engine capable of switching between two-stroke and four-stroke cycles is the result of a collaboration between Ricardo, Denso, Jaguar Land-Rover and the Centre for Automotive Engineering at the University of Brighton. The engine is claimed to improve fuel economy by up to 25%.
The company collaborated with Xtrac Limited to develop the Xtrac 1044 gearbox, supplied in 2010 to three Formula One teams: Lotus, Virgin and HRT. This gearbox is mated to the Cosworth CA2010 engine.
Ricardo helped McLaren develop and produce the M838T, the latter's first ever engine which is derived from Nissan VRH-35 engine. The new engine is built at Ricardo's new engine assembly facility in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.