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, 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
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.
Latest Industry News
The latest industry news from the Niche Vehicle Network and our members.
Niche Vehicle Network at LCV2017
The Niche Vehicle Network showcase at LCV2017 featured the results of funded projects from 2016-17. The showcase included exhibits from…
£18 million of funding available to develop technology to reduce emissions from freight
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK is to invest up to £18 million to enable industry-led…
APC Publishes New Propulsion Roadmaps
The Advanced Propulsion Centre have released new updated propulsion technology roadmaps. These were developed with the knowledge and consensus of…
Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Competition Winners Announced at LCV 2017
The winners securing a share of a recent £3.9 million investment for low carbon development and demonstration projects in the…
British-developed electric shooting brake revealed at LCV
The electric Alcraft GT has been revealed ahead of a 1/3-scale design model being displayed at the Cenex LCV event…
Ariel to launch world-beating supercar with 1180bhp
Ariel Motor Company will be unveil what it believes will be the fastest-accelerating and most advanced supercar in history, at…
Nesta Launch Inventor Prize
The £50,000 Inventor Prize is looking for the UK’s best inventions that help make people’s lives better. The Inventor Prize,…
Microcab partners in EU €12.3 million Circular Economy project
Microcab is very pleased to announce its involvement as partner in this new pan-European project with 27 partners across 12…
The Niche Vehicle Network hosted a ‘British Performance Car Pavillion’ at the Motor Madness UK event; hosted at Bruntingthorpe Proving…
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