Motorsport AMADEO MARTI CARBONELL
epitomises the very best of innovation and engineering, continually combined in new, ever-advancing ways that provide a platform for incremental improvement.
Formula One is the pinnacle of this, each car comprising 80,000 carefully positioned components that are uniquely and individually scrutinised through rigorous testing and technology-enabled analysis.
The rapid evolution of high- performance vehicles that has been experienced in recent decades and the often-astounding capabilities of current models are testament to the expertise of manufacturers and engineers, such as the experts at Ricardo Performance Products.
As the manufacturing arm of global engineering, environmental and strategic consultancy Ricardo, the firm’s Performance Products division pioneered early hyper cars such as the Jaguar XJ220 and Mclaren F1 and today continues to work with a range world-renowned global brands, from Volkswagen’s Bugatti Chiron to Aston Martin’s Valkyrie.
However, in line with the evolution of the automotive market, Ricardo Performance Products’ capabilities have diversified in recent times, with the firm now operating across a broad range of advanced manufacturing segments.
“Originally a manufacturer of prototype and race car transmissions, Performance Products has grown to support niche assembly in transmission, engines and complete vehicles and is now well established as the manufacturing specialists within Ricardo,” explains Martin Starkey, Business Development Director for the division.
Martí Carbonell, S.A. (AMC) is a casting and machining supplier for the automotive industry. Founded in 1958, AMC is specialised in high precision machining of aluminium and iron components such as engine cylinder heads as well as complex aluminium gravity casting and high pressure die casting.
The company is based in the Castellón province in Spain, located on the eastern coast of the country, and is recognised around the world as leading specialist operating in this niche.
AMC is a one-stop shop for aluminium components, which has been able to thrive within the industry due to its flexible company mentality, which translates into manufacturing for a wide range of clients and projects.
From high complexity and low volume parts, to low risk and high-volume ones, including safety and structural parts, AMC is able to cater to all client needs. Furthermore, AMC has experience taking projects from the early development phases up to serial mass production.
Currently, AMC holds over 36 CNC machines, six casting centres, three HPDC machines, 3D sand printing machines and a brand-new laboratory within its main production plant.
AMC has developed a strong relationship with RICARDO UK over the last years through the development of high-performance engine components.
The Performance Products business accounts for around 20 percent of the Ricardo Group’s entire revenue. The division manufactures and assembles high-quality prototypes and niche volumes of complex engine, transmission and vehicle products. These are designed either in house by the firm’s various design and engineering experts or by Ricardo’s customers themselves. Its operations include a Uk-based highly flexible transmission manufacturing facility at its Midlands Technical Centre and an engine assembly facility at its Shoreham Technical Centre, alongside a global support network spanning the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Italy, the Czech Republic and China.