Jay Leno drives Ricardo HyBoost (modified Ford Focus)

Ricardo led HyBoost demonstrator vehicle is now featured on YouTube, posted on “Jay Leno’s Garage”. Jay Leno test drives HyBoost and experiences the effects of engineered changes by turning the system on and off to compare the baseline vehicle to HyBoost upgrades. The demonstrator uses Ricardo’s mild hybrid ‘intelligent electrification’ concept which operates on smart regeneration, optimized torque assist, and extreme engine downsizing with electric supercharging and intelligent stop/start. The tech is used in a stock Ford Focus 2009 and the 2.0 litre engine is downsized to 1.1l. A turbo charger, and electrically driven supercharger are included. The end result is improved fuel economy and performance at minimal cost.

Alongside the HyBoost, Thomas Apostolos, president of Ricardo, Inc., and Paul Rivera, global product group director for hybrid and electric vehicles visited Jay Leno’s garage in Burbank, Calif., to provide insight into Ricardo and the engineering involved.

“We are excited that Jay Leno has selected the HyBoost to feature on his show. The HyBoost is just one example of Ricardo’s engineering expertise,” said Tom Apostolos. “We have the deepest respect for Jay Leno, and it is an honor to include a Ricardo story amongst the others from his garage.”


Some of the features of the Ricardo HyBoost vehicle highlighted in the video include:

Downsized, highly boosted gasoline engine which gives improved fuel economy at low cost
Electric supercharger for improved response
Low cost energy storage comprised of 12V lead acid battery plus supercapacitors
12+X, 6 kW mild hybridization system which allows
Intelligent in-gear engine start / stop operation with some sailing mode capability
Adaptive mild regenerative braking
Optimized torque assist for both increased fuel economy and enhanced driving feel
More efficient electrical generation at 12+X volts