[Burbank, Calif.] -The Ricardo-engineered Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator, which utilizes REM's ISF Process, is featured in a web video posted on "Jay Leno's Garage." The segment shows Leno test driving the vehicle, which is both an armored vehicle and fuel-efficient design courtesy of Ricardo Inc.
"Ricardo has been working for many years to help the U.S. Department of Defense increase the fuel economy of its vehicle fleet, and it is an honor to have Jay Leno give recognition to the achievements the FED has made in armored vehicle design and fuel efficiency improvements," stated Tom Apostolos, president of Ricardo, Inc.
The FED features numerous fuel-saving designs, including, improved driveline that utilizes a unique carrier and differential assembly from Ricardo and AxleTech International, and non-geared hubs and REM Chemicals' isotropic superfinished gears to reduce friction between gears and increase fuel efficiency.
Ricardo worked with the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center to design, develop, manufacture and test the FED. Completed in 2011, the FED is a military demonstration vehicle that shows how to maximize fuel economy on the battlefield while maintaining the capability and performance of light tactical wheeled vehicles. The vehicle showcases Ricardo's total vehicle system methodology, which combines advanced powertrain technologies with vehicle mass reduction, improved rolling resistance and driveline improvements to increase fuel efficiency.
REM is proud to be a part of the FED program. To watch the full video, please click here.