Profiles of members of the Motorcycle Team

Mike, ENGINEERING MANAGER

I am Engineering Manager for Ricardo Motorcycle, based at our Leicestershire Technical Centre.

I’m responsible for ensuring that our outputs exceed client expectations, and for developing staff to be the best in their field.

What projects/activities have you been involved in?

The majority of the work I undertake is client-confidential. I have worked with OEMs in Europe, the US, Asia and the Far East, but my role also involves smaller projects, such as the one-off electrification of a client’s personal motorcycle.

Why did you apply to work at Ricardo?

Ricardo acquired my previous employer, Vepro, at the tail end of 2014. I am now part of the world’s only turnkey motorcycle consultancy, which is great!

What has been your most interesting experience to date? 

My most interesting experience is fatherhood! I know it’s a cliché but, unlike engineering, it cannot be taught — only discovered. And it certainly helps to enhance one’s on-the-fly problem-solving ability!

Within my working life, the greatest experiences are undoubtedly those where different cultures are involved. I will try any food or custom once — the hardest part can be keeping your response appropriate!


Paul, LEAD ENGINEER — POWERTRAIN, IT OPERATIONS MANAGER

As Lead Engineer, I provide technical knowledge, experience and value-added engineering to our clients. My speciality is within powertrain, and I manage my team to meet the project goals for engineering, cost and timings.

As IT Operations Manager I am responsible for ensuring we have all the tools we need for our projects. This includes CAD and analysis software, IT hardware and communication tools, to provide our clients with project solutions.

What projects/activities have you been involved in?

Through my 15 years in the industry, I have been involved in many motorcycle and powersport projects. These have included all aspects of powertrains — from base design to development, and through to production. More recently, I was involved in an ATV engine project, working on the design of internal components, communicating with suppliers to ensure parts were produced to specification, and seeing the project into production.

Why did you apply to work at Ricardo?

I became a part of Ricardo Motorcycle to be member of a team that provides unrivalled engineering support.

What has been your most interesting experience to date? 

A great part of my job is that there is always something interesting. Seeing an engine start for the first time and being able to develop your work from a concept to actual vehicle provides real job satisfaction.


Chris, CHIEF ENGINEER

Working for Ricardo Motorcycle, I am able to get involved in all phases of the engine and powertrain design.

What projects/activities have you been involved in?

BMW C600 scooter, a lot of work with an American Motorcycle company and some concepts that would have been interesting if they had got into production.

Why did you apply to work at Ricardo?

Vepro was acquired by Ricardo in 2014 to strengthen Ricardo Motorcycle. I have worked with Ricardo Motorcycle in the past and look forward to working more closely together in the future.

What has been your most interesting experience to date? 

Working on a CVT project where the customer was German, the manufacturer was Taiwanese and Japanese suppliers were based in Holland. This encouraged me to think about how I communicate with others, and taught me lessons that I still use today.

And

Getting involved in the design of an electric TT bike. At short notice the team needed a new frame designing, which I turned my hand to. In less than three months, the frame had been manufactured and the bike achieved a podium position.


Faris, DESIGN ENGINEERING INTERN

As Design Engineer Intern within Ricardo Motorcycle, I assist with the engineering design of chassis and engine components for various motorcycles and low-carbon vehicles.

What projects/activities have you been involved in?

I have had the opportunity to work on many different projects, from the conversion of a petrol-powered hyper-sports motorcycle to a fully electric powertrain and detailed engine component design for large cruisers, to a micro combined central heating and power unit and heavy vehicle modification.

Why did you apply to work at Ricardo?

The range of work at Ricardo is very diverse. As an intern, it has given me experience of many different projects and has provided a solid base for me to build on once I go back to university and start a career in automotive engineering.

What has been your most interesting experience to date? 

Definitely the involvement in low carbon vehicles and sustainable power units have been the most interesting experiences. Seeing the future of engineering and eventually of everyday life is an incredibly eye-opening experience.