Ricardo is to assist China’s Lifan Automobile Group in developing a range of highly downsized petrol engines capable of meeting future Chinese and international fuel economy and emissions regulations.
Under the new contract, two new engines will be developed based on a common 1.2-litre-capacity platform.
A ‘mid-boost’ direct injection (DI) petrol engine variant of the engine will be developed to replace current Lifan products in the 1.5- to 1.8-litre range of naturally aspirated engines, while a premium ‘hi-boost’ DI version will replace products of up to 2.0-litre capacity.
According to Ricardo, the new engines will mark a significant step forward in the realisation of Lifan’s ambitions to provide globally competitive products.
Engineered to meet China Stage III fuel economy regulations, they will also conform to Euro 5 emissions regulations while offering internationally competitive standards of performance, fuel economy and manufacturing cost and weight.