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None of the diesels that will be sold in the near future in America will be able to go 300+ mph like the Dieselmax that Ricardo helped to build last year, but the company is still predicting that soon (that is, by 2012) Americans will buy 1.5 million diesel vehicles a year. The factors leading to this move are upcoming higher fuel economy standards, cheaper cost of diesels vs. hybrids, and emissions standards-meeting clean diesel. This prediction comes in a report called "Is Diesel set to boom i

Yesterday, the Chinese company Chongqing Lifan Industry Group Co. Ltd (known as Lifan) announced that it would use powertrains developed by Ricardo in its upcoming cars. Ricardo's engines for Lifan are going to be in the range of 0.8-2.4 liters displacement, and have new transmissions with technologies such as AMT (automated manual transmission) and DCT (dual clutch transmission). The end result is supposed to be a completely new family of cars for Lifan. Why is this green news?

No faster diesel-powered vehicle exists than the JCB Dieselmax, now that the needle-sharp vehicle has broken the diesel land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats with a measured-mile speed of 317 mph Thursday. The JCB Dieselmax did two runs of 308 and 325 mph, giving an average (and record establishing) speed of 317.021. The vehicle's engine was developed by Ricardo, and Ricardo director of diesel engineering Ian Penny said, "Establishing a new Bonneville course record in excess of 300 mph

Ricardo, a U.K. company known for various vehicle drivetrain technologies, announced yesterday it was working on advanced research into diesel technology capable of achieving U.S. Super Ultra-Low Emission (SULEV) and Tier II Bin 2 requirements. The global manufacturer that Ricardo is working with went unnamed. Ricardo says it wants to "remove the diesel combustion engine from the environmental debate on regulated emissions -- allowing advanced diesel engines to take their place alongside gasolin