Ricardo will therefore create a demonstration vehicle that maximizes fuel economy while maintaining the performance of light tactical vehicles.
"The FED project leverages Ricardo's experience and success in supporting the development of a broad range of military vehicles over several years," said Paul Luskin, Ricardo's chief program engineer for FED and vehicle engineering manager. "In particular, TARDEC has recognized Ricardo's role on the Future Tactical Truck System (FTTS), in which we successfully implemented advanced technology into an innovative vehicle architecture."
The new contract signed with Ricardo is destined to serve the second phase of the FED program, which builds upon the initial phase when the company applied its Total Vehicle Fuel Economy (TVFE) systems engineering expertise to evaluate current and emerging technologies that can improve fuel efficiency over the entire vehicle.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to continue supporting TARDEC in its objective to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleets. The FED project represents an ideal application of Ricardo's expertise in armored vehicle design and fuel efficiency improvements using our Total Vehicle Fuel Economy processes. We look forward to working with the government in developing a vehicle that will represent a large step forward in reducing life-cycle cost,” said Louis Infante, Ricardo's Vehicle Product Group Director.