2011 FED ALPHA fuel-efficient military vehicle by Ricardo review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 , 07:10:23 byVeronica

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FED ALPHA fuel-efficient military vehicle by Ricardo

The 2011 FED ALPHA fuel-efficient military vehicle by Ricardo was designed and developed for the U.S. Robert Ellis, director for military vehicle programmes for Ricardo's US subsidiary, Ricardo Inc, commented that they were nothing but pleased to continue their support to TARDEC in its aim to raise the fuel efficiency, and thus, environmental-friendly vehicles in the U.S. Considering fuel efficiency improvements and armoured vehicle design, the FED programme appeared as an ideal application of Ricardo's expertise. The main goal was to bring significant improvements to military vehicle technology which would reduce the nation's dependence on oil. This demonstration vehicle successfully maximizes fuel economy, maintaining at the same time the performance and capability of light tactical wheeled vehicles. Among the numerous fuel-saving features, it is important to mention the Goodyear Fuel Max low rolling resistance tyres specifically designed for the FED ALPHA, an Alcoa Defense lightweight aluminum structure which protects the vehicle while reducing weight, and a six-speed automatic transmission from Aisin. Drivers are informed how to operate the vehicle to produce the best fuel economy, through the accelerator pedal as well as fuel economy display. FED ALPHA was displayed for two days in the centre courtyard of the Pentagon, at the beginning of July 2011 and since then it has finished government testing at the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The drive cycle which Ricardo and TARDEC developed during the first phase of the programme, will be where the FED ALPHA would be tested by ATC. Wes Scharmen, Ricardo's chief programme engineer for FED, also stated that the FED ALPHA vehicle represented the culmination of Ricardo's total vehicle system methodology, thus accomplishing their goals of building a creditable and fuel efficient military vehicle. The FED ALPHA is going to be displayed by Army Power and Energy along with Tardec at the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in booth 4224 on October 10-12, in Washington, D.C.