Ricardo, NW UAV, and XRDi form alliance to provide UAV heavy-fuel engine solutions

  • 19-Jun-2011 10:00 EDT

Ricardo first launched the Wolverine family of engines in May 2010, with the unveiling of the Wolverine 3, a 3.1-hp engine.

Ricardo Inc. formed a strategic business alliance with XRD Inc. (XRDi) and NW UAV to design, develop, and manufacture a family of heavy-fuel engine solutions for unmanned systems. Branded Wolverine, the new engine line combines Ricardo's engineering expertise with XRDi's propriety combustion technology and NW UAV's advanced manufacturing capabilities. The result is the industry's most capable, dependable, and flexible heavy-fuel engines available. The Wolverine engine line ranges in size from 3 to more than 50 hp with the potential to significantly reduce the logistics footprint by utilizing many common parts. XRDi's Mechanically Compressed Direct Injection system allows two-stroke engines to run on multifuels, greatly improving fuel efficiency.

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