The Ricardo motorsport transmission and driveline team chalked up a record year of competition success for its customers around the world in the 2011 season.
Transmission and driveline products designed, engineered and manufactured by Ricardo have been behind some extremely impressive performances in the 2011 season. While much of the company’s motorsport activity must remain a closely guarded secret, some notable successes can be detailed below.
Peugeot Sport took the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup LMP1 manufacturers’ title for the second year running, with its new 908 car featuring a transmission designed and developed in close collaboration between Peugeot and Ricardo engineers. This unit provides a high performance and lightweight solution that is able to cope with the massive power and torque of the Peugeot diesel engine.
In the Le Mans Series, the Greaves Motorsport team was also successful, winning the LMP2 team and drivers’ titles as well as topping its class in the 24 Heures du Mans 2011. Greaves Motorsport uses the Ricardo transverse LMP gearbox in its Zytek chassis.
In the GT1, JRM racing’s Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr were crowned 2011 FIA GT1 World Drivers’ Champions for their performance in the astonishing GT-R by NISMO (Nissan Motorsport), which features a Ricardo 6-speed transverse GT1 gearbox. This high performance Ricardo transmission shares the same internal parts as the unit deployed in the Nissan GT500 car that won this year’s Japanese Super GT Championship, in which both the drivers’ and team titles were taken by Masataka Yanagida and Ronnie Quintarelli in their S Road MOLA Nissan GT‑R.
Alongside these successes, the Ricardo high performance transmission products team is also proud to mark at the end of 2011, a ten year milestone in supplying Ricardo designed and manufactured gearboxes to the entire grid in both the World Series by Renault (formerly World Series by Nissan) and the Firestone Indy Lights championships.
Commenting on successes of Ricardo motorsport driveline and transmission customers in the 2011 season, Ricardo director of high performance transmission products Mark Barge said:
“Ricardo is proud to have supported all its motorsport driveline and transmission customers through 2011 and congratulates the Peugeot Sport, Greaves and Nissan teams on their very impressive victories this season. As ever, we are only able to discuss a small fraction of our motorsport activity and we look forward to supporting all of our customers through another exciting motorsport season in 2012.”