Internal Combustion Engine

Electrification of the powertrain dominates discussions at all levels—from governments through vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and consumers. Eventually, Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) will become commonplace. Until that time, internal combustion engines will still be required for mass mobility and, particularly, for heavy duty on- and off-highway applications.

The drive for clean air is coming not only from legislators but from consumers who are demanding dramatic reductions in vehicle emissions – carbon dioxide (CO2), particulate matter (PM) and Nitrous Oxides (NOx). And it’s not coming just from their own vehicles; we all want delivery trucks, buses and agricultural vehicles to be clean and green.

So, as we drive innovation towards a zero-carbon future, we are laser-focused on cleaner, more energy efficient engine technologies. Engine efficiency was the foundation upon which Sir Harry Ricardo founded his company more than 100 years ago and it’s the legacy we uphold today as Ricardo remains a trailblazer from combustion technology to emissions.

Ricardo supports clients with all aspects of developing engine technology—from clean sheet designs to upgrades to legacy support. This is achieved via our core U.S.-based engine design, analysis, simulation and controls team backed by a global pool of over 500 scientists, engineers and industry-recognized Global Technical Experts for Combustion, Thermal, Emissions, After Treatment and OnBoard Diagnostics.

Ricardo remains a unique engineering service provider. We are fuel agnostic, experienced in developing engines to Series Production using gasoline, diesel, CNG, LNG, LPG and bio- and e-fuels and, most recently, hydrogen. On top of all that, Ricardo remains the only independent engineering company to design, develop, calibrate and manufacture in-house Series Production high performance engines.

Core Services:

  • Base engine design
  • Simulation and analysis
  • Combustion chamber design/optimization
  • Calibration development
  • Controls development
  • Diagnostics
  • Aftertreatment
  • Catalyst development
  • Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)
  • Testing