Development of high-profile GT3 transaxles

Development of high-profile GT3 transaxles
10 June 2016

GT3 has expanded over recent years to become one of the most popular race series in the national and international calendar. Based around grand-tourer racing cars, and regulated by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), it has attracted many of the world’s leading OEMs.

The rules allow for a wide variety of production car types to be homologated with little restriction around the general configuration, including engine and chassis. In terms of transmissions, this led to specific demands for performance, weight and packaging to achieve the requirements many of the OEMs laid out.

To meet this challenge, Ricardo set about developing a range of novel longitudinal and transverse transaxles, which in turn have found their way into some of the most competitive and high-profile cars in the GT3 class. In developing these solutions, we were able to draw on our considerable experience and success in the GT1 and GT2 classes, as well as in the LMP1 and LMP2 classes, to ensure that the developed products delivered on performance, packaging, weight and reliability.

Transverse and longitudinal GT transaxles were designed featuring competition-proven internals housed in a bespoke aluminium or magnesium casing. This enabled our clients to adopt an optimized ‘no compromise’ approach when designing their car layout.

Ricardo’s credibility as a leading supplier of high-performance GT transaxles was reinforced by the fact that it supplied numerous GT3 manufacturers, including the entire Japanese Super GT grid.