RF Engines and Development was founded in July of 2015 by Rick Fred after the legendary Bob Cronin of CRD Engine Development passed away. Bob was Rick’s mentor for almost 10 years which allowed him to learn from one of the greatest engine builders in the racing industry. His hunger to learn has allowed him to diversify his experience into many of the major competitive engines including GM, Audi, BMW, Nissan, Scion/Subaru, SRT Viper and Ford. Rick’s knowledge, skills, work ethic, experience and passion for the racing community enabled him to start his own company.
Rick has been a key part of many racing successes.
2015 - SLMR Dirt Late Model Championship 1st Place
2014 - Trans Am Championship 3rd Place
2014 - Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 1st in class, 6th overall
2014 - NCRA and SLMR Dirt Late Model Championship 1st Place
2014 - World Challenge GT Championship 2nd Place
2012 - Continental Sports Car Challenge Championship, 2nd in Grand Sport, 3rd in Street Tuner
2012 - Trans Am Championship 2nd Place
2012 - World Challenge GTS Championship 2nd Place
2012 - Continental Sports Car Challenge Championship 3rd Place
2011 - World Challenge GT Championship 3rd Place
2009 - Grand Am Daytona Prototype Championship 1st Place
2008 - Grand AM Daytona Prototype and GT Championship 2nd Place
2007 - Grand Am Daytona Prototype Championship 1st Place
Previous to working at CRD, Rick worked for 5 years in the automotive industry specializing 3 years in Nissan and Jeep as well as 2 years in an independent automotive shop.