A NEW exhibition held at Shoreham’s Marlipins Museum will celebrate the centenary of Shoreham’s oldest and most successful global company, Ricardo plc.
The company is a leading multi-industry engineering provider of technology and product innovation.
Among the many firsts by the company was the Comet series of diesel engines. One of the earliest types of indirect injection system, the Comet’s ‘swirl’ chambers made high-speed diesel engines practical.
First used in London buses, and the 1935 Citroën Rosalie passenger car, the Comet pre-combustion system was continuously developed and improved and was widely used in passenger car diesel engines up to the 1990s.
Gas turbine Barostat fuel supply systems for jet engines were developed by Sir Harry, in conjunction with Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the famous Spitfire, which helped to win the war in the air in World War II.
The credits that have built up over the intervening years up top now include the Rutan Voyager’s Teledyne Continental Motors aircraft engine, modified to fly around the world non-stop without refuelling, transmissions and engines for motor sport and speed records, notably the gearbox for the Audi R8 used in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the DSG-type gearbox of the Bugatti Veyron, improving the BMW K1200 series motorcycle engines, executing the complete design of the six cylinder motor for the BMW Motorrad and the design and manufacture of its transmission.
The exhibition is open at the Marlipins Museum until August 29.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Entry costs £2.50 for adults, and £1 for children. Groups are welcome.