Gordon Murray Automotive
For anyone with the slightest interest in motoring affairs, the name Gordon Murray will be a familiar one. For many years (1969-1991) he was a highly succesfull designer of Formula 1 race cars for both the Brabham and McLaren teams. However, the project he is probably more widely known for is the design and creation of the legendary McLaren F1 in 1989, the fastest production car of its time, the finest sports car of its generation and for many, the greatest supercar ever built. Today, the few on sale command truly enormous values.
In 2007 Gordon Murray Design consultancy was established and the first fruits of this was the lightwieght T25 city car programme, using a unique manufacturing process. Many other projects followed including involvement with the revived TVR's new Griffith and the Rocket, an ultra-lightweight, open cockpit roadster powered by a one litre motorcycle engine. In September 2016 it was announced that Murray had been appointed to develop the Ox, a flat pack low-cost vehicle for the British charity Global Vehicle Trust.
In summer 2020, the long anticipated T50 supercar was unveiled, regarded by many as the true successor to the F1. This highly innovative hyper GT has been engineered to be the purest, lightest, most driver-centric supercar ever. and which Professor Murray believes is his ultimate car design.
The T50 will be bullt in limited numbers at the company's headquarters in Guildford, Surrey, starting in early 2022.
Grinnall Specialist Cars Ltd, based near Bewdley in Worcestershire, is a centre for radical sports car design and home of the Scorpion. For nearly twenty years, Grinnall's talented team of designers, engineers and craftsmen have dedicated themselves to providing top quality performance on wheels.
The company's reputation, under their founder Mark Grinnall, was first made by its extensively reworked and refined conversions of the Triumph TR7. By 1990 some 350 Triumph TR8s had been made. The Triumph Register now recognises the Grinnall TR8 as a marque in its own right.
Then, in 1991 the company took a new direction and began work on the design of an innovative, high-tech three wheeler which became the Scorpion 111 and then in 1998, due to popular demand, they began developing a four wheeled version to become known as the Scorpion 1V. The Scorpion 111 is available with a wide range of BMW powerplants and Grinnall is a BMW 'partner' with an Original Equipment Manufacturer supply status, which allows them to buy engines and parts directly from the manufacturer. Grinnall are also well-known fo making a range of exciting trikes (three-wheeled motorcycles), based on Triumph and BMW motorbikes.
Herald Motor Company is a British motorcycle manufacturer and importer based in Cambridgeshire. It entered the motorbike sector over a decade ago working with partners to import classically-styled motorbikes. They go over each bike from top to bottom and their team of dedicated mechanics test ride each one.
Their passion for motorbikes meant the goal was always to design and manufacture in Britain. As a division of an award-winning engineering company, Herald can design and produce parts in-house and have the facilities to develop and manufacture their own British-built motorcycles. The Brute 500 is the first bike to be designed and built at their headquarters in Huntingdon. Having completed the prototype, the next stage is final testing and development ready for sales in late 2019.
Hesketh Motorcycles was originally formed by Alexander, 3rd Lord Hesketh, in 1980 and for a time the company was based at his country estate at Easton Neston. He was probably better known for his private motor racing team, which gave James Hunt his first taste of success in Formula 1™. During the early part of the 80s the company produced the V1000 and Vampire models, before ceasing full production in 1984. Limited production was maintained until the company was acquired by Paul Sleeman in in 2010.
Production was moved from Nothamptonshire to Surrey, where a new showroom and specialist workshop was opened in affluent Kingswood, near Redhill. In 2012, Paul created the Kingswood V1000, of which only five bespoke machines were produced. With the original V1000 and Vampire models finally ceasing production after 32 years, Hesketh Motorcycles announced an all-new limited edition bike to be called the Hesketh 24. They have since added a further model called the Sonnet.
Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM), was established in Swindon, Wiltshire, in 1985 and has been producing cars here since 1992. Honda is committed to manufacturing in the UK and the annual awards and accolades presented to the vehicles built at HUM demostrate the plant's priority on producing high quality products for the European market. Over the last thirty years, Honda has invested over £1.55 billion into its manufacturing operation in Swindon and now employs over 3000 Associates. and has a total production capacity of 250,000 units a year in Car Plants 1 and 2. Swindon is now the world production hub for the 5 door Civic, including the Type R, with the model exported to over 70 countries. A separate plant manufactures engines with the ability to produce 1000 engines a day.