Happy birthday, Ricardo

By Vinnett Taylor Head of M2M and IoT Specialists 

As a boy, Harry Ricardo once built a steam engine and added it to his bicycle. Today, 100 years after he turned his hobby into a business, Ricardo plc staff are taking a collection of the company’s most iconic vehicles around the world. All in the name of charity. And we’re helping.

Back in 1915, Sir Harry Ricardo – a man obsessed with propulsion since he was a child – founded his own company. Today, a century on, Ricardo plc manufactures high performance engines, transmissions and more. They’re continuing Sir Harry’s relentless drive for innovation and technology.

To celebrate their centenary, Ricardo staff from across the globe are taking part in the Ricardo100 Global Challenge. Over the next two months, Ricardo’s most adventurous people will be crossing the planet for charity.

Because we share Harry’s passion, we’ve been getting involved, too.

With our partners Over-C, Jasper and Concirrus, we’ve designed an application to help everyone keep track of drivers. Anyone who’s keen to find out where teams are and how they’re doing can log in to a portal at www.ricardo100.com/tracker.

Each team involved is driving a vehicle with significance to Ricardo’s first 100 years. There are electric cars and hybrids. There’s a truck powered by natural gas. And one lucky team is driving a Le Zebre sedan, designed by Ricardo back in 1923.

“Ricardo’s contribution to innovation and the furthering of motoring technology over the past 100 years is second to none,” says Gavin Franks, General Manager of Telefonica UK’s Enterprise Business. “We’re delighted to support the Ricardo100 Global rally. The technology we’re providing will enable people to see progress of the Ricardo100 vehicles in real-time, and we hope this will help the team raise even more money for their charitable causes.”

The charities being supported through the Ricardo Global Challenge include the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and the Alzheimer’s Society. Ricardo plc has pledged to match the first £15,000 raised by teams.

To keep in touch with teams through Twitter it’s @ricardo100years. And to see photos of the rally on Instagram it’s @ricardocentenary.

Good luck, everyone. And happy birthday, Ricardo.