Ricardo R (BRZ)
b 30/05/1945 (São Paulo)
University - Went to Faculdade de Engenahria Industrial PUC (São
Paulo), studying Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Design. In parallel,
studied for two years Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University
of São Paulo, and one year of Aircraft Engineer at the Instituto
Technologico da Aeronautica.
1963 - 1964 - Worked at Resmat, in São Paulo as a technical directors
1966 - 1982 - Worked for Fittipaldi Empreendimentos as technical director,
designing Fittipaldi V and SuperV ,Twin engined VW Fittipaldi , Alfa
Prototype CanAm, Fittipaldi Porsche, Chevrolet Opala for group B cars.
Between 1969 and 1973 also worked as team manager, technical director and
race engineer for Team Fittipaldi Bardahl. Between 1974 and 1982 he became
technical director of Fittipaldi Automotive UK, setting up the F1 team
and factory, designer the cars and becoming race engineer for Emerson Fittipaldi.
1983 - 1988 - Set up own consultancy company, RRD Racing Research &
Development in Henley, UK. Did consultancy work for March, Ralt, Ford,
Fiat, VW and GM racing in south American f2 , south American touring cars
group b ,sports cars in Europe including design of ADA01 group C2 car and
Indy car consultant to Patrick Racing, Hemelgarn and Provimi Veal, European
F2 with BS Fabrication ,Intersports and March Engineering
1985 - Became technical director of PMC, working in F3000 and British
1986 - Worked for Eddie Jordan Racing as race coordinator and race
engineer in F3000.
1987 - 1988 - Technical director for First Racing, helping to set up
team with Lamberto Leoni , Gabrielle Tarquini and Aldo Bertuzzi as drivers
and in 1988 with Pier Luigi Martini and Marco Apicella. Redesigned their
March 88B in cooperation with March including redoing wind tunnel
work and chassis stiffening and geometry redesign Preliminary design
work for First F1.
1988 - 1991 - Invited at end of '88 to be in charge of research and
development and also to head design team for Ligier 33. Ended up being
in charge of test team, design office and race engineering, chassis building
and wind tunnel. Ligier 33 which had been designed and built in a record
3 months as interim car went on to race for 2 years as B C& D models
1991 - Set up R.Divila Cabinet de Consultation Technique in
Jouet sur L'Aubois in France. This was a consultancy company working on
aerodynamic research, race car design, suspension geometry development,
data analysis, team structuring and setup, logistics and finance.
1991 - Technical director and team coordinator of Fondmetal F1, race
engineering Olivier Grouillard.
1991 - 1992 - Worked for Minardi, race engineering G.Morbidelli, C.Fittipaldi
and A.Zanardi. Worked on R&D, and was responsible for test team, co
authored design brief with Aldo Costa.
1993 - 1996 - Technical director of Apomatox. Race engineer for E.Collard,
F.Lagorce, J-P.Belloc & J-C.Bouillon.
1995 - 1996 - Consultant for aerodynamical research programme of Nissan
Motorsport Europe, working on suspension geometry development and data
analysis. Involved in re-structuring team.
1994 - onwards - Consultant for aerodynamical research programme
at Courage, working on suspension geometry development, data analysis,
setup and race engineer.
1996 - La Filiere Elf Le Mans Team: Technical director and race engineer.
1996 - 1997 - BMS Scuderia Italia: race engineer for Anthony Reid in
1996 - 1997 - DAMS: race engineer for Laurent Redon in European F3000.
1996 - 2000 - NISMO: Race consultant engineer for Erik Comas in Japanese
GTs, working on championship strategy and race tactics, consultant for
aerodynamics, geometry, and car layout .
1997 - 1998 - Team Rosberg: race engineer coordinator and supervisor
in German Supertouring.
1997 - 2000 - Technical director and chief engineer for Nissan Motorsport
2000 - 2001 - Technical director of Gauloises F3000.
2000 -> NISMO: technical consultant. In 2001 became senior motorsports
engineer and senior race engineer.
2000 -> Nissan Motorsport Europe: technical consultant.
2000 -> Pescarolo Sport: technical consultant and race engineer for
Le Mans team.
Summary of cars designed and developed:
FITTIPALDI FD01- Designed
FITTIPALDI FD02- Designed
FITTIPALDI FD03- Designed
FITTIPALDI FD04- Designed
FITTIPALDI FD05- Co-designed in charge of production race engineer
FITTIPALDI FD05A- Designed
FITTIPALDI FD06- Co-designed/ in charge of production / race engineer
FITTIPALDI FD06A- Designed
FITTIPALDI FD07- Co-designed / race engineer
FITTIPALDI FD08- Co-designed/ in charge of production/ race engineer
FITTIPALDI FD08A/B/C/D- Co-designed/ in charge of production/
FITTIPALDI FD09- Designed
LIGIER 33 - Designed
LIGIER 33A/B/C/D Designed
MINARDI M191 Developed
MINARDI M192 Design brief
FIRST F1 Did design brief and layout
LOLA T86 Redesigned front and rear suspension for Lola Motorsports
MARCH 87B Own conversion geometry and aero
MARCH 88B Own conversion geometry and aero
REYNARD 93D Own conversion geometry and aero
REYNARD 94D Own conversion geometry and aero
REYNARD 95D Own conversion geometry and aero
WILLIAMS FW8D Own conversion to F3000 spec
BRABHAM BT38D TEAM BARDAHL Version own suspension and aero
LOTUS 69D TEAM BARDAHL Developed Version own suspension and aero
MARCH 712d Developed 1st wide nose and 1st airbox
in F2 own aero
MARCH 832 Own suspension and aero
RALT RH6 F2 84- Consultant at RALT for aero/ geom. / chassi
/ 1st composite Ralt
HEVE F2 Own conversion geometry and aero runner up
REYNARD 853 Own conversion geometry and aero
COURAGE C36 Developed
COURAGE C41 Developed
COURAGE C51-CHEVY Developed
COURAGE C51-NISSAN Developed
COURAGE C51-PEUGEOT Developed
COURAGE C60-PEUGEOT Developed
NISSAN R391 Developed
ADA DE TOMASO PANTERA Designed- BRDC GT1 CHAMPION 95
FITTI-ALFA PROTOTYPE Designed
FITTI-PORSCHE PROTOTYPE Re Designed
NISSAN SKYLINE R33 GT-R 1998 Responsible
for aero ,geometry,consultant for layout
NISSAN SKYLINE R34 GT-R 1999 Responsible
for geometry, consultant for layout and aero
NISSAN SKYLINE R34 GT-R 2000 Consultant
for geometry, layout and aero
NISSAN SKYLINE R34 GT-R 2001 Consultant
for geometry, layout and aero
ADA COSWORTH 01 Designed
GEBHARDT COSWORTH Developed
LOLA DECADENET T280 Developed own aero
Designed Never built
TWIN ENGINED FITTI-VW Designed
NISSAN PATHFINDER PARIS-DAKAR 2000-2001 Designed
NISSAN PICKUP-Twin Cab PARIS-DAKAR 2002 Concept,
Designed Suspension & chassis
NISSAN MICRA Rally car Designed
NISSAN ALMERA Rally car Designed suspension,
roll cage & aero
NISSAN TERRANO 2 Paris-Dakar Designed suspension, layout
BRASILIAN STOCK CARS
CHEVROLET OPALA Designed
NISSAN PRIMERA KO2 96
NISSAN PRIMERA P11 97 1997
BTCC 3RD PLACE, JTCC 2ND,GTCC 3RD DESIGNED
NISSAN PRIMERA P11 98 1998
BTCC CHAMPION , 99 STCC CHAMPION DESIGNED
NISSAN PRIMERA P11 99 1999
BTCC CHAMPION, 00 STCC Champion DESIGNED
NISSAN PRIMERA 144 00
2000/01 STCC Champion DESIGNED