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.
“Accessing Automotive Opportunities in Growing Markets” Webinars
The Department for International Trade are holding an exclusive series of webinars to increase awareness of export opportunities in the…
Zero Emission Ambulance – Market Engagement Event
Wednesday 10th March 2pm-4pm The NHS is committed to reducing it’s direct emissions by 80% by 2028-32, becoming the world’s…
R&D Competition Launch Event – Registration Now Open
Our collaborative R&D funding competition will provide organisations active in the UK niche and low carbon vehicle technology sector, the…
Arcola Energy and National Composites Centre – UK Hydrogen Supply Chain Capability Survey
As part of a project funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Automotive Transformation Fund to support the decarbonisation of heavy-duty vehicles, Arcola…
R&D Funding Competition Launch – Save the Date!
The Niche Vehicle Network’s funding competition will provide SMEs active in the UK niche and low carbon vehicle technology sector…
TDAP SME Support Programme. Wave 5 Now Open
The Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) is a unique initiative that supports SMEs, whether start-ups, spin-outs or more…
Catesby Tunnel – Vehicle Testing Facility, Opening Summer 2021
Situated in Northamptonshire, Catesby Tunnel is a unique, 2.7km long, purpose built, straight road test track, which is a re-development…
Calling all Startups & SMEs: UKBAA & APC Investor Showcase 2021
The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) are working together to deliver the “Mobilise the…
UK/EU Free Trade Agreement. Rules of Origin Explainer for Business
Explainer The Free Trade Agreement negotiated by the UK and EU (now known as the Trade & Cooperation Agreement or…