The Niche Vehicle Network is an independent association of over 900 niche vehicle manufacturers, specialist technology and design and engineering companies.

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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, Advanced Engineering, Formula Student 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

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Supporting your goals

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.

Success stories

The Niche Vehicle Network have successfully helped fund a variety of programmes since 2008

  • Safe and Versatile Torque Control

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • EV Blue

    EV Blue

    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.

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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.

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The latest industry news from the Niche Vehicle Network and our members.