UK – The company says the site has now tripled in size and provides “significantly improved technical capabilities”, enabling “future low-volume, multi-variant engine production”. The expansion is self-contained and can operate independently of the Ricardo Shoreham Technical Centre.
The expansion incudes a second dynamometer capable of simulating real-world load conditions and testing engines across all power outputs. Its independence means it can operate around the clock; a second shift has already commenced and production has doubled. The re-configured, flexible production line will cater to the trend among manufacturers to offer an increasing number of product derivatives.
Mark Barge, managing director, Ricardo Performance Products, described the expansion as “very significant” and said the assembly facility would now be able to produce 5,000 high-performance engines per year.