50 years of motorsport

Celebrating 50 Years of Motorsport

This year marks 50 years at the forefront of global motorsport transmission development for Ricardo. For over half a century, we have been partnering with top-tier motorsport customers to deliver championship winning products and engineering innovation in the field of competition-ready transmission technology. Our wealth of experience in the industry means that we have become the trusted engineering partner for world-championship winning and world-record breaking motorsport teams across many formats such as Formula 1, GT and prototype, single seater, WRC, and electric race series including Formula E.

To celebrate this important milestone, we are taking a retrospective look at some of the key moments in Ricardo’s motorsport history. Each month, we will focus on a seminal vehicle, project or platform and explore some of the technologies which have defined half a century of delivering excellence for our customers in the motorsports industry.

Ford RS200: A Rally Icon

A review of the development of the Ford RS200 and a nostalgic look into the intriguing world of Group B rally.

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Audi R8: a Le Mans Legend

Ricardo look back at our involvement in the development of the Audi R8, a legend of the Le Mans.

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Dallara Chassis: Series success

Ricardo developed a bespoke single seater gearbox for the Dallara chassis which was to have two variations: one for racing on the ovals in the USA, and one for circuit racing in Europe and Japan. It is still running in series to this day.

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Reynard 02S: one chassis, two classes

Ricardo look back on the development of the Reynard 02S chassis for LMP900 and LMP675.

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Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution: Dakar legend

We review the development of a transmission worthy of Mitsubishi’s impressive pedigree at the Dakar Rally for the Pajero Evolution Super Production.

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Ford Focus RS WRC 06: The road to double Manufacturer's Title wins

We review the specification for the transmission created for the Ford Focus WRC 06 which was adaptable to the gruelling challenges of the World Rally Championship.

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Peugeot 908 HDi FAP: Turning gearbox technology on its head

Ricardo and PSA Group team up to bring diesel to Le Mans and return Peugeot Sport to top-tier endurance racing.

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Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Transmission: engineering collaboration for spec-series success

Engineering collaboration between Ricardo and Porsche is enabling the improvement of performance and optimisation of costs for one of the world’s largest single make motorsport programmes.

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BMW M6 GT3: designing from the ground up

Ricardo teamed up with BMW Motorsport to develop a bespoke transaxle and gearbox solution for the BMW M6 GT3

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