The Ricardo100 Global Challenge made its first visit to one of our Ricardo Rail offices this week, as part of the final leg of a round-the-world charity rally.
Martin Giles, Managing Director of our UK rail business, was on-site to greet them as they arrived at our Derby office and add his name to the Centenary flag that has collected signatures throughout the trip.
To mark Ricardo’s centenary celebrations, for the past two months teams of colleagues from around the world have been taking part in a global relay, using a range of vehicles that hold a particular connection to the Ricardo story.
These have included electric and hybrid cars, a natural gas powered truck, high-performance motorcycles, a McLaren 12C sports car and even a Le Zebre sedan designed by Ricardo in 1923.
The rally has taken-in Ricardo offices and technical centres across Europe, Asia and North America, as well as places of historical significance to the company, such as the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where in 1936 the Flying Spray took the world diesel land speed record, powered by a Ricardo single sleeve-valve compression-ignition development of the Rolls-Royce Kestrel aero engine (and where, 70 years later in 2006, the JCB Dieselmax took the same record, recording a speed of 350 miles per hour, fitted with two JCB off-highway engines, designed in collaboration with Ricardo).
The rally is now in the closing stages of its global journey, scheduled to arrive back at Ricardo's Shoreham Technical Centre in West Sussex, in mid-July.
Fundraising for local, national and international causes
Charitable support is an important aspect of the Ricardo100 Global Challenge, with each team raising money for regional, national and international good causes.
The charities chosen reflect the deeply international nature of the Ricardo100 Global Challenge – and of the company itself – including, for example: UNICEF, Aktion Familie, Engineers without Borders, Cancer Research UK, Teach for India, and many more notable worthy causes drawn from each country through which the relay route will pass.
A full list of the charities supported can be found on the Ricardo100 web site, including links and information on how to donate: www.ricardo100.com/Pages/Charity-Fundraising
Following the challenge online
Thanks to the very generous support of Ricardo business partners Telefonica, Over-C, Concirrus and Jasper, it will be possible to see progress of the Ricardo100 Global Challenge in real-time at http://ricardo100.com/tracker.
For more pictures from the rally: https://instagram.com/ricardocentenary/