Ricardo has long been a key supplier of the global Le Mans Prototype (LMP) race series, and between 1990 and 2015 was instrumental in supporting its customers to 12 victories at the 24-hour Le Mans ('24 Heures du Mans'), underlining its position as market leader in the world’s fastest closed-wheel formula.
In 2006, the first diesel-fuelled car won the historic 24-hour Le Mans, leading to other OEMs investigating this source of power. These, typically V12, power cars generated higher torque than their petrol equivalents, and in doing so placed higher strain on transmission during the race. OEMs approached us to develop new transmissions to meet these demands, resulting in a string of victories and underlining our ability to deliver class-leading transaxles in terms of weight, reliability and power transmission.
This mixture of performance and reliability naturally led Ricardo to be the supplier of choice in a multitude of other high-performance single-make race series, such as Indy Lights, World Series by Renault 3.5 and Super Formula Championships.