Ricardo returns to rallying with new driveline

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UK engineering firm Ricardo has announced its return to rallying with a new 5-speed sequential transmission and AWD driveline for an as-yet-unannounced manufacturer.

The system will compete in the R5 class for 1.6-liter turbocharged four-wheel-drive cars, which forms part of the WRC-2 championship. The new system has been designed and developed at Ricardo’s Leamington facility in central England.

Performance products managing director at Ricardo, Mark Barge, said, “I am extremely pleased that we are able to announce this key milestone. While we have been working on this state-of-the-art project for three years, this will be the first support for rallying that we have been able to announce since our work on the Ford WRC Focus in 2010.”

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

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