TVR began life as early as 1946 in Blackpool and the name is taken from the first name of it's original founder Trevor Wilkinson. For most of its life the company remained in this town, with which it became closely associated. From around 1949 until 2004 TVR produced a number of highly individual sports cars, made famous by their lightweight construction and the use of large capacity engines.
The company went through several changes of ownership and management during this period, often struggling with limited finances. It enjoyed particular success under Peter Wheeler in the 1980s and 90s, when some of it's most highly regarded models were produced, including the Cerbera, Chimaera, Tuscan and Sagaris. In 2004 ownership passed to Russian businessman Nikolay Smolensky who split the company into various parts and threatened to take production abroad, but nothing came of this. After several false dawns it was feared that the famous and much-loved marque would be lost for ever until a certain Les Edgar appeared on the scene in 2013.
Putting together a team of motor industry stalwarts, including renowned designer Gordon Murray and Cosworth, he announced the development of the first new TVR model, under his watch, in 2015. This resulted in the Griffith, a name already synonymous with TVR, which was shown to an expectant world at the 2017 Goodwood Revival meeting. The story continues, not in Blackpool, but in purpose-built premises in Ebbw Vale, close to the Circut of Wales and the first deliveries of the Griffith are expected in early 2019.
One of British car manufacturing's best kept secrets, Ultima Sports Ltd, produce the world's quickest supercar - fact. It has broken several world records for a road-going car including the fastest time from 0-100-0mph. According to Jeremy Clarkson "it's an amazing road car the Ultima GTR, it has broken just about every single speed record there is to break".
The really exceptional point about Ultima is that all this world-beating performance is available for a fraction of the cost of most ot the supercars they outpace!
Born in 1992, out of acclaimed automotive engineer and designer Lee Noble's original company, Ultima Sports, under the expert stewardship of Ted and Richard Marlow, has carefully and continously developed the original car into the current GTR (launched 1999) and the roadster version the Can-Am (launched in 2001).
An earlier Ultima Mk3 was even used as a prototype 'mule' by Mclaren during the development of the iconic F1
Produced at the factory in Hinkley, Leicestershire, both the GTR and the Can-Am have now been replaced with updated models to be known as the Evolution Coupé and Evolution Convertible respectively. Both models can be supplied as turnkey cars, though according to Ultima Sports the majority of customers derive most satisfaction in receiving their car in component form for self-assembly. In spring 2019 Ultima announced their new model the RS, which joins the range.
The Swedish startup Uniti was founded by Australian-born Lewis Horne, a serial entrepreneur who conceived the idea out of a desire to cut the levels of toxic air pollution, which is a crucial issue faced by the global community. Uniti’s innovative design addresses this with their high-tech small electric car, Uniti One, that emits 42.9 tons less CO2 than an average combustion engine vehicle over its life cycle, and significantly less than any electric car on the market today.
Uniti will offer the three seater Uniti One initially to buyers in northern European metro areas with first deliveries planned for early 2020. Additional markets for the vehicle will be added progressively shortly thereafter. Uniti’s sales model notably skips the industry-standard dealership network, and instead, engages customers through direct sales on their website or via partnerships with consumer electronics retailers. Servicing will be handled in a lean and agile manner through established retailers throughout Europe.
Whilst the company is Swedish owned, development and production of the Uniti One will be carried out in Norfolk, UK.
Established in 1903, Vauxhall is the only volume manufacturer continuously building vehicles in the UK for over 100 years. Their Ellesmere Port plant, in Cheshire, produces the sixth generation Astra 5-door hatchback and is the sole manufacturer in Europe of the Astra Sports Tourer. The plant has a headcount of 2,100 and the capacity to produce 187,000 units a year on three shifts. In 2007, Ellesmere Port became the first UK manufacturer to receive the Energy Efficiency Accreditation and in 2010 became the first European manufacturing plant to achieve the Wildlife Habitat Accreditation.
In May 2012, GM announced that it would build the next generation Astra in the UK, safeguarding the Ellesmere Port plant until at least the end of the decade. Then in November 2017, the PSA Group completed its purchase of the Vauxhall and Opel brands from GM. The latest generation Astra Hatchback and Sports Tourer remain in production at Ellesmere Port.
Vauxhall also build the 'medium-sized' van, the Vivaro, at their plant in Luton, for sale in the UK and Europe.
Westfield Autonomous Vehicles is the UKs first provider of fully autonomous vehicles for first mile – last mile transportation Globally Westfield are known for their Seven-style sports cars with over 20,000 sold worldwide. Westfield were the first niche vehicle company in the UK to obtain European Small Series Type Approval for its vehicles, processes and premises.
The Westfield POD is the UK’s first fully autonomous vehicle for first mile – last mile transportation. The POD has been developed in conjunction with Heathrow Airport and utilises the base technology platform from the work completed by ULTra PRT (Personal Rapid Transit).
The original system has now completed over 5 million kilometres in a live commercial environment serving Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 POD Parking. POD trials are currently ongoing, engaging with the general public to explore their perception, understanding and acceptance of autonomous vehicles.