An established leader in motorcycle engineering
Ricardo has a long history in motorcycle engineering, dating back to the 1920s. Its earliest associations include Triumph (4 valves cylinder head in 1921), Vauxhall (complete motorcycle in 1922) and Harley Davidson (combustion system in 1934). The Ricardo motorcycle group was formalised in 1992 to provide a dedicated, specialist technical resource and to support a growing customer base. Since then, the Ricardo team has completed more than 300 motorcycle projects for more than 70 different clients covering engines, transmissions, drivelines, whole vehicles, and control and electronics.
In November 2014, Ricardo acquired another UK-based specialist consultancy (formerly Vepro Ltd) and subsequently, in summer 2016 – after years of good collaboration – Ricardo acquired the full operations and assets of Exnovo Srl in Italy, to form the Rimini Technical Centre. This has established Ricardo as the only company globally, outside of OEMs, with the capability for complete, end-to-end motorcycle, scooter and urban mobility vehicle styling, engineering and development, including full internal combustion and electric powertrain development.