The Niche Vehicle Network is an independent association of over 800 niche vehicle manufacturers, specialist technology and design and engineering companies.Join for free what are the benefits?
Strategic aims of the Niche Vehicle Network
Funding innovation within niche vehicle manufacturing
Through funding collaborative research and development activities in low carbon vehicle technologies, including electric and hybrid propulsion, lightweight chassis structures, engine efficiency, alternative fuels and aerodynamics
Showcasing the UK niche vehicle manufacturing sector
Through our events and Member networking activities, including hosting our Annual Niche Vehicle Symposium and Member’s Forum as well as exhibiting at the Cenex LCV Show, Goodwood Festival of Speed and other strategic industry events
Promoting the interests of the niche sector
Through developing strategic alliances to promote the interests of the niche sector, to minimise potentially restrictive regulations, maximise exports and support the penetration of new markets
To bolster the UK niche vehicle manufacturing supply chain
Through funding strategic projects aimed at supporting growth in niche vehicle manufacturers and their UK supply chains, safeguarding and creating jobs and skills
Supporting your niche vehicle goals with outstanding innovation support
We provide innovation support and grant funding to enable our members to develop new technologies and demonstration prototypes which form the basis of future vehicle models.
The Niche Vehicle Network have successfully helped fund a variety of programmes since 2008
Safe and Versatile Torque Control
A collaboration between Delta Motorsport, YASA Motors and Potenza aimed at enhancing electric vehicle stability through torque vectoring.
Lightweight Titanium Structures
A collaboration between Caged Laser Engineering, Ariel Limited and Reynolds Technology aimed at investigating the feasibility of adopting titanium tubing for lightweight chassis assemblies.
Lightweight Composite Aluminium Niche Vehicle Platform
A collaboration between Zenos Cars, HPL Prototypes and First Principle Design aimed at investigating the integration of a hybrid of advanced and recycled materials within an innovative vehicle architecture.
Lightweight High Performance Carbon Ceramic Brakes
A collaboration between Surface Transforms and Briggs Automotive Company aimed at developing a carbon ceramic brake system to reduce unsprung weight and improve vehicle handling and performance.
Compound Rotary Engine for Electric Vehicles
A collaboration between Advanced Innovative Engineering and Mango Design aimed at validating the concept of using an exhaust expander unit to improve the efficiency and emissions of a rotary engine.
A collaboration between RDM Group, Potenza Technology and Warwick Control Technologies aimed at developing a wireless and fuseless driver control interface for an electric sports car.
Events & Networking
We offer our members with a forum for the sharing of experience and capabilities through the hosting of networking and showcasing events throughout the year.
Accelerating Growth through Additive Manufacturing
Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty, Coventry
Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Lutterworth, LE17 5QS
APC8 – Competition Launch Event
Advanced Propulsion Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
MIA Business Growth Conference
Sahara Force India Formula One team HQ, Silverstone
Formula Student Finals 2017
Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, NN12 8TN
Cenex LCV 2017
Millbrook Proving Ground, Station Lane, Bedford, MK45 2JQ
Advanced Engineering Show 2017
National Exhibition Centre, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT
Latest Industry News
The latest industry news from the Niche Vehicle Network and our members.
Westfield Sports Cars to feature in “Invented in the Midlands”
Westfield Sports Cars are going to be on the BBC this week! Check out: “Invented in the Midlands” on BBC…
Graduate Recruitment at Formula Student 2017
Do you have graduate vacancies available, or are you looking at recruiting graduates in the coming year? Held at Silverstone…
Drive Midlands Vehicle Electrification Supply Chain Event
The increase in electric vehicle numbers has come about because of a greater level of choice for drivers, a shift…
Market Visit to ACMA Automechanika, New Delhi
The Midlands Engine, working in partnership with The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is looking to help Midlands’ companies…
Loughborough University – Graduate Placement Scheme
The IMechE have chosen Loughborough University to pilot a new placement scheme for engineering students studying IMechE accredited degree courses….
A Focus on Skills at Autosport 2017
Automotive Career Opportunities to be Highlighted at Autosport 2017. The Network will be partnering with Formula Student to engage with…
Niche Tech Talk at Autosport 2017
Innovation within the niche automotive sector to be discussed at Autosport 2017. Held at Autosport International at 1pm on Friday…
2017 Wind Tunnel Sessions Announced
Wind Tunnel sessions at HORIBA-MIRA booked for 22nd & 23rd February. Each round of Niche Vehicle aerodynamic benchmarking sessions provides…
Automotive Council to Update Road Maps
The APC and its Spokes are leading a series of workshops to refresh the Automotive Council’s propulsion road maps. These…
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