Converting an existing GT3 engine for racing

Converting an existing GT3 engine for racing
10 June 2016

For a leading OEM looking to promote its brand by developing a racing version of an existing car, we took its original Ricardo-designed GT3 engine and enhanced its capabilities and features.

The client was looking for a turn-key engine development and production programme to mate with the Ricardo six-speed semi-automatic transmission commissioned for the race series. There was the additional challenge of converting the engine to operate with a new ECU, adapting to new sensors and actuators.

Development and calibration of the engine was conducted against engineering targets for performance, fuel economy and driveability, in a balance-of-performance category. The calibration work with the new ECU supported the development of new control strategies for the unit.

Successful completion led to the manufacture of engines for the racing team and customer cars, with 25 cars being entered for the first racing season, securing multiple podium finishes and championship victories.