Ricardo announces renewed Formula E partnership at Professional MotorSport World Expo

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Ricardo Performance has chosen Professional MotorSport World Expo as the venue to announce it will be extending its successful relationship with DS Performance. It will design and supply transmissions for the team’s car competing in Formula E season 8 and extend into seasons 9 and 10 with the third-generation vehicle.

Ricardo has been supporting DS Performance in Formula E for several years. The collaboration has resulted in the ‘double double’ drivers and team championships for DS Techeetah in the 2019-2020 season and the 2018-2019 season. The bespoke transmissions Ricardo will supply to DS Performance will be designed in conjunction with its team in Satory, France, and manufactured by the specialist engineers and niche manufacturing team at Ricardo’s Midlands Technical Centre in Leamington Spa in the UK.

Thomas Chevaucher, director of DS Performance, said, “DS Performance is pleased to continue its partnership with Ricardo. As director of DS Performance, I am seeking to add to DS Techeetah’s rankings in both the drivers and teams titles in Formula E, and we look to the competitive edge, ultra efficiency and high performance that Ricardo transmissions bring to our car.”

Ricardo will use the show to present its range of high-performance engineering services, which cover all aspects of both driveline and whole vehicle development. The company will also give a presentation on how it has optimized the assembly of motorsport transmissions for supply at higher volumes (in motorsport terms). To do this, it applies a range of tools and techniques typically utilized in high-volume manufacturing environments. This presentation will give an overview of these tools and techniques, how they are utilized in motorsport programs and their cross-sector use on other projects.

The presentation can be seen on Thursday at 14:00 and Ricardo’s offerings can be found on Booth 4005.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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