A team of Rover engineers is to move to engineering consultancy Ricardo to complete development of the powertrain for the new Mini, above. Some 75 engineers from the Longbridge engine and transmission group will move to Ricardo as the nucleus of a larger team working on the Mini.
Ricardo finance director Andrew Goodburn said the team would finalise development of the Mini engine and transmission, and possibly planned Mini variants, in an 18-month programme. Then the 75 engineers will be transferred to other projects.
Goodburn said: `This is to keep together the core team who have been working on the Mini project and maintain continuity. Otherwise it could have been completed in Germany, making for an uncertain future for the Rover engineers.’
BMW will retain ownership of the new Mini, due for production early next year.
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