The Niche Vehicle Network is an independent association of over 900 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.
2020 Production Readiness R&D Competition Winners Announced
We are delighted to announce that 10 new R&D projects have been successful in securing a share of approximately £2.4m…
2020 Proof of Concept R&D Competition Winners Announced
Supported by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), we are delighted to announce that 10 new R&D projects have…
Niche Vehicle Feasibility Competition Now Open
Sponsored by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Niche Vehicle Feasibility Competition is providing SMEs and micro companies…
Symposium Joining Instructions
If you’ve registered for our Niche Vehicle Symposium you should now have received event joining instructions by email. If not,…
Symposium – Last Chance to Register!
Register now and make sure you don’t miss our online Niche Vehicle Symposium tomorrow, 9th September, showcasing UK niche vehicle collaborative innovation in…
Niche Vehicle Symposium Speakers Announced
Our Niche Vehicle Symposium speaker programme has now been confirmed and we are delighted that the Keynote Address will be…
Register Now for Vehicle Dynamics Online Module
The MIA School of Race Engineering is running a Vehicle Dynamics Online Module on 5th September between 11.00 – 17.30…
Niche Vehicle Symposium 2020 – Registration Now Open
Registration for this year’s Niche Vehicle Symposium online event, taking place on Wednesday 9th September is now open. The event…
Niche Vehicle Symposium 2020 – Date Confirmed
We are pleased to announce that the 9th Niche Vehicle Symposium, showcasing UK niche vehicle collaborative innovation in low carbon…
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