The UK hosts world-leading centres of excellence in R&D for the automotive and motorsport sector. As well as traditional passenger cars, it also has world-class manufacturers of motorcycles, commercial vehicles and construction, agriculture and other specialist vehicles. Key focuses for R&D include ultra-low emission vehicles; lightweight vehicle structures; energy management; and intelligent mobility. The UK automotive industry spends about £1 billion per annum on R&D.

Examples of eligible R&D activities:

  • Developing new passenger vehicles, trucks and military vehicles;
  • Developing new design concepts for component and systems across the vehicle chassis, body and powertrain;
  • Developing new or improved production processes and associated equipment;
  • Developing new coatings and improvements to coating processes to reduce corrosion;
  • Extending knowledge of battery technology to meet environmental concerns;
  • Developing new engines to meet legislative changes;
  • VA/VE: reducing component and production costs through design and process changes;
  • Developing software solution to support intelligent mobility;
  • Extending capability of material science through integration of composite materials.