Supporting innovation and championing success within the niche vehicle sector

The Niche Vehicle Research & Development Programme is based around the established Niche Vehicle Network, a network of niche vehicle manufacturers, their supply chain and specialist technology suppliers based in the UK.

The Niche Vehicle R&D programme provides a platform for collaborative research and development activity in the UK niche vehicle sector. It is funded by Innovate UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the department for Business Innovation and Skills. The programme is delivered by the Niche Vehicle Network with support from Cenex.

The programme provides grant support for niche vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology organisations who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects, primarily applicable to road-going niche vehicles.

  • Research & Development

    Projects must be industry led, aim to support the growth and competitiveness of the independent niche vehicle sector and demonstrate the developed technology at either vehicle or system level.

  • Aero Testing

    The Niche Vehicle Network has conducted a series of tests into niche vehicle aerodynamics as part of its benchmarking studies which include the Design Guide.

  • Funding Sources Information

    The Programme provides support and grant funding to groups of companies active in the niche vehicle sector, promoting the development and application of new technology.

  • Design Guides

    This free design guide has been produced through research work carried out under the Niche Vehicle Network Collaborative Research and Development Programme.