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Ricardo has acquired Cascade Consulting, the Manchester-based environmental consultancy with 34 staff.
Ricardo is to acquire Lloyd's Register Rail, the international rail consultancy with 440 engineers, from Lloyd's Register Group for £42m.
Ricardo has acquired Vepro, the Leicestershire-based motorcycle engineering firm with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Ricardo is planning to create more than 200 jobs at its West Sussex-based automotive engineering business over the next year.
Ricardo has won approval to build a £10m low carbon vehicle research centre at Shoreham in West Sussex by 2014.
Ricardo has bought AEA Technology, the Oxfordshire-based environmental consultancy with 400 staff, out of administration for £18m.
Ricardo has won a contract to provide automotive engineering research capabilities to Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, which could lead to the recruitment of up to 150 former MG Rover engineers and designers at Leamington Spa.
Ricardo is creating up to 20 new jobs at its car controls business in Cambridge, with the addition of new laboratory space and offices.
Ricardo is to acquire IFT Group, the German automotive engineering company with 270 staff, for £24m.
Ricardo has acquired Tarragon Embedded Technology, the Cambridge-based automotive systems software company with 52 staff, for an initial £3.1m.
Ricardo has acquired Gemini Transmissions, the Brackley-based motorsport company with 40 staff, for £3.4m.
Ricardo is looking to spend up to £22m on acquisitions to expand its automotive design and research business, and is particularly interested in Germany.
Ricardo is looking to recruit 30 graduates at its automotive engineering business in Sussex and Warwickshire.
Ricardo, the automotive engineering consultancy, is investing £5m in four engine test beds in the US.
Ricardo Group has sold its Inbis nuclear and aerospace design division to management for £7m in order to focus on its core automotive engineering business.
Ricardo Group is buying a majority share of InterMotive Technologies of Detroit, in order to eliminate its shortage of engineering testing capacity.