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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
Brute 500

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.


Ibex Automotive
Ibex F8

Foers Engineering Ltd, who produce the rugged Ibex off-roader, was founded by John Foer in 1975, and he came up with the Ibex concept after realising there was a need for an off-road vehicle that could bridge the gap between a Land Rover Defender and an ATV. Built in an unassuming industrial estate in the steel town of Rotherham, Foers Engineering’s Ibex is essentially a Defender that’s been on the protein pills.

The first prototype was built for a Scottish hill farmer in 1988 and is still in use today. In fact, all Ibexes built to date are still running, apart from one stolen vehicle that was never recovered.

David Foer, John's son, took on the business after leaving his job as a vehicle developer for engineering firm Ricardo and the current F8 model, the fourth generation of the vehicle, is his own design. David does much of the construction work himself, helped by a band of specialist freelance engineers and fabricators.

The F8 is available in a number of body styles, chassis lengths and powerplant options. Buyers have three options for buying an Ibex – a complete vehicle with brand-new components, a complete vehicle with new chassis and used engine and running gear, or a monocoque kit.

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