Ricardo Announces Significant Investment in Heavy-Duty Engine Emission Testing with Test Cell Expansion Project

    BURR RIDGE, Ill., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricardo Inc. -- one of the
 world's foremost independent automotive engineering consulting companies --
 today announced its Chicago Technical Center (CTC) Test Cell Expansion
 Project, which represents an investment of $4.8 million for the company in
 heavy-duty engine emissions testing.
     The project -- which will add two new heavy-duty emissions test cells
 specifically designed for developing engines to U.S. Environmental Protection
 Agency 2007 emission requirements -- will be completed in August 2004.
     "This significant investment represents a strong commitment for Ricardo in
 the area of heavy-duty engine emissions testing," said Jeremy W. Holt,
 president of Ricardo Inc. and executive director of Ricardo plc.  "It allows
 the company to serve an active heavy-duty engine marketplace with two more
 high-specification performance and emissions test cells, which are
 conveniently located near many of our heavy-duty engine customers."
     The first phase of the project, which was completed in September 2001,
 added heavy-duty engine transient testing to the company's existing CTC Test
 Cell 2.  This first phase included a new full dilution constant volume
 sampling tunnel, dilute exhaust analytical instrumentation and upgraded engine
 and dyno control software meeting the requirements of the U.S. On-highway
 Federal Test Procedure and other transient emissions cycles.  Since completing
 the phase one expansion, CTC has been performing certification-quality
 emissions testing of heavy-duty engines up to 500 horsepower.
     Phase two of the expansion, now underway, will add two new test cells at
 the facility.  CTC Test Cell 3 is specified as a 750hp heavy-duty transient
 cell sharing the phase one emissions equipment.  Test Cell 4 is a 600hp heavy-
 duty engine development test cell with transient drive-cycle capability and
 dual-line raw gas emissions.  Test Cell 3 will be operational in July 2004 and
 Test Cell 4 will be available one month later.
     With its North American headquarters in Van Buren Twp., Mich., Ricardo has
 been a world-leading vehicle system and powertrain technology provider for
 automotive manufacturers, heavy-duty manufacturers and tier one suppliers
 since 1917.
     The company provides expertise ranging from designing and developing
 engines, transmissions and drivelines, to integrating vehicle systems and
 creating software solutions, to developing gasoline, diesel, hybrid and fuel
 cell technology.
     Ricardo employs approximately 1,750 people at its technical centers in the
 United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Czech Republic.  The company
 recently increased its North American presence by expanding its Detroit
 Technology Campus in Van Buren Twp.
     A public company based in the U.K., Ricardo plc posts $220 million in
 sales and is a part of the FTSE techMark 100 index -- a group of innovative
 technology companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.
 
 

SOURCE Ricardo Inc.

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