This latest development continues a longstanding relationship between the two firms. The two have, as part of the UK's Technology Strategy Board, worked on advanced technology projects that include:
- An innovative 2/4SIGHT engine, which is capable of running on either the two stroke cycle or the four stroke cycle.
- A plug-in hybrid vehicle led by Land Rover.
- A flywheel-based hybrid drive system, led by Jaguar, Flybrid Systems, Ford Motor Company, Prodrive, Ricardo UK Ltd, Torotrak plc, and Xtrac Ltd.
- The Limo-Green project, which incorporates the aluminum structure of Jaguar's sedan range with an electric motor, battery pack and generator.
- Recycled aluminum as the basis of a lightweight, mass-produced vehicle.
Collaboration provides robust framework for product development.
Ricardo has been selected by Jaguar Land Rover as one of its key strategic suppliers, as the UK's premium automaker embarks upon ambitious plans to develop new models and drive volume growth. In November 2010 Jaguar Land Rover declared that it was to investing heavily in a future that will see significant growth thanks to expansion of its strongest-ever vehicle line up, the creation of thousands of new jobs and investment in infrastructure, research and development, and advanced technologies. Such plans will require an intensive period of product development activity within a challenging time frame and it is because of these parameters that Jaguar Land Rover has drafted in Ricardo.
This latest development continues a longstanding and well established relationship between Ricardo and Jaguar Land Rover. The two firms have an established framework for mutual cooperation on product development in a manner which delivers best value to Jaguar Land Rover within common processes of budget definition, programme management and execution which enable selected programmes to be delivered to market as quickly as possible. The support provided by Ricardo will be broad-ranging, assisting Jaguar Land Rover across the company's product design and development organization. This strategic framework of collaboration has already seen Ricardo provide its expertise on the integration of engines, advanced driveline and chassis systems. Amongst the key rationales for Jaguar Land Rover choosing Ricardo was its global presence. This enables Ricardo to provide in-territory engineering services benefitting from an understanding of and empathy with local tastes and norms, in both rapidly developing regions as well as more mature markets.
Commenting on this unique strategic collaboration between Ricardo and Jaguar Land Rover, Ricardo group commercial director Steve Clarke said: "We are extremely proud that Ricardo has been selected as a strategic partner to Jaguar Land Rover. This collaboration builds on a highly successful relationship between Ricardo and these two internationally famous brands and we look forward to working together to develop world-class, premium products for a range of global markets."