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DSEI 2021: Ricardo goes hybrid on Ford Ranger chassis

15th September 2021 - 22:02 GMT | by Samuel Beal in London


Ricardo showcased a new hybrid solution at DSEI 2021.

UK-based engineering services firm Ricardo provides electrical and autonomous solutions to refresh light utility vehicle.

Building on its partnership with the Ford Motor Company, Ricardo Defence unveiled what it described as a new ‘hybrid solution’ on a robust Ford Ranger chassis at DSEI in London on 14-17 September. 

Gareth Strong, defence coordinator at Ricardo, noted that the initial purpose of the military souped-up Ford Ranger was to provide a ‘spiritual successor to the Land Rover Defender’.

The impetus behind developing a hybrid chassis to the Ranger initially came from trends seen elsewhere in the automotive industry, where a hybrid system has been construed as a fuel-saving device.

‘It was a question of using the …

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