Issue: Aug 2006


Ricardo plc Appointed by TVR as Powertrain Development Partner



by Lenny Case

Blackpool-based sports car manufacturer TVR today announced that it has signed a Heads of Agreement with Ricardo plc to develop the TVR Speed Six engine to Euro 5 (LEVII) compliance

TVR is an exclusive brand that's been synonymous with the world's most powerful performance cars, both on the track and on the road, for some sixty years. The company's products deliver prodigious power and performance, married to a new, real-world sophistication.

Ricardo plc is one of the world's leading powertrain, driveline and transmission technology providers. Combining business, product and process strategy with fundamental technical research and the implementation of large- scale new product development programs, Ricardo is able to take on the greatest challenges in the industry including engine, transmission and driveline design, engineering, testing and systems integration.

Achievement of Euro 5 (LEVII) certification for the Speed Six engine is the expected result of the planned 18 month program of collaboration between TVR and Ricardo, and confirms TVR's commitment to expanding its markets internationally with all necessary type-approval standards.

Nikolai Smolenski, Chairman and Owner of TVR Motors Company Limited said:

"My intention to expand the sales and distribution of TVR cars throughout Europe, the rest of the world and USA markets is a key part of the business strategy of the company. Our alliance with Ricardo allows us to advance our technical capabilities to achieve our aims at an accelerated rate."

Dave Shemmans, chief executive officer of Ricardo plc, said:

"We are delighted to support TVR with its development and we look forward to bringing the very best of Ricardo engineering expertise to such an exciting brand and product range."

Ricardo is the premium global deep-content engineering and management consulting partner for automotive, commercial vehicle and related industry sectors. The company provides complete engineering services from strategy through product concept, design release and validation, and all phases of the product lifecycle. Ricardo technical expertise lies in powertrain and driveline, vehicle engineering, hybrid and fuel cell technologies, controls and electronics, niche volume manufacturing and advanced simulation software.

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