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Hello All,

Tim and I thought it would be good to spend some time and introduce ourselves onto the forum properly to help give you some insight into our experience and also what we get up to when not clicking away on the internet.

My name is Ricky Elder and I have worked for Race Developments for just over a year.

For the 8 years before that I worked at Volkswagen Audi Group headquarters in Milton Keynes, starting as a Technical Support specialist and working my way up to Technical Developments Engineer for R8 and RS model line.

My day to day job was to focus all my attention on my model line (R8 mainly) and work with the factories to develop the product for use in the UK market from conception to release. My specialism was Powertrain/Drivetrain and I was lucky enough to have done placements at the design and development centres and engine/gearbox plants in Germany. The cars are pushed through homologation, externally verified calibration, certificate of conformity, VOSA, SMMT and a few others before they can be sold in the UK so it can get pretty heavy at times.

As the UK is also the biggest importer of right hand drive vehicles in the world, we also had to develop certain systems to work in the UK for all right hand drive alliance countries and engineer fixes etc if problems arise.

Just before I left, my last project was the R8 V10 DSG. I am sure many of you have seen the advertising campaign of it sat on a Dynojet fixed axle dynamometer.

If not, here it is:


It wasn't all smoking around in V10 R8's at test tracks though, I was also lucky enough to be involved with Le Mans 24H, Skoda UK's Intercontinental Rally Championship Fabia S2000 rally car which Andreas Mikkelsen won the 2011 championship in, Top Gear, Fifth Gear and done work for Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti. Thankfully, Porsche never needed to use our resources! ;-)


One of the most well known projects I was involved with was the Land Speed Record breaking Skoda Octavia vRS I built for Skoda UK, this involved taking a brand new Skoda Octavia vRS road car and turning it into a Land Speed Record race car.

As Tim had always built my race engines for bike racing, I had him build the 2.0 TSI engine we used which eventually made 696bhp on our Maha dyno, but I will let Tim tell you more about that.

We took the car to Bonneville and it raised the 216 mph record to 227.080mph (with 12% wheel slip) and still holds the record today.

If you have not seen it, then check it out:


Evo Magazines 8 part mini series:


The fun stuff we get up to now?

That mainly flicks between GTR work, big power TTRS's that have 700bhp and out accelerate super bikes (which belonged to JCR's owner, Jonny Cocker), 950bhp 2.1 Evo drag cars, we still attract a lot of R8's and RS line cars in for tuning work and we are still very busy with high level supersport and super bike engine builds for British and World Championships.

We are MoTeC Dealers; so mapping, wiring and installation keeps us busy in that respect. We will put some information together for you guys on the GTR MoTeC kit to give you an in depth insight too.

TTRS:


Evo:


The future, from my point of view is to keep turning heads. We have always been attracted to the projects that wander into uncharted territory and have never been tried before. I just hope you guys find our work as interesting as we do.

I hope this helps explain a little bit more about ourselves but if you have any questions or are ever near Gloucester and want to pop in and see what we do, please feel free!

Cheers Ricky
 

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Will put my bit in and say Ricky is a top lad. Recently done some work on my audi rs4 b5 gearbox and service was first class from start to finish. Would highly recommend them.


Great asset to the forum
 

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Thank you both for your comments!

Yes it is a bike dyno.

Car dyno we hire depending on the mapping requirement.

R8's and GTR's can't go on anything that is not fixed axle roller in stock format.

GTR needs 4wd clutch disconnecting and R8 needs prop removing completely.

Cheers Ricky
 
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