Case Studies


Since 2013, we have supported many organisations to deliver projects that drive the UK automotive industry and economy forward on the road to net zero. Read some of our success stories and learn about the impact of technologies that have been developed through our support.


Follow the story of Sunderland-based SME Hyperdrive, as it grows from a small portacabin to production facility.

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H1PERBAT to Hyperbat

H1PERBAT is a project led by Williams Advanced Engineering, supported by the Advanced Propulsion Centre. This project inspired Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing group to set up a joint venture, Hyperbat limited.

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Morgan – CO2 Divided by 2

Steve Morris, Managing Director, Morgan: “This is a game changer for Morgan that would not have been possible without the support of APC, and the collaboration it has brought to the business”.

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Hofer – Bowscale

hofer powertrain, Germany, is one of the world’s leaders in the development of powertrain technologies and manufactures class-leading hybrid transmissions. Its UK subsidiary is collaborating with WMG, McLaren Automotive and Yasa Motors through an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) project that will provide the UK with capability for the design and manufacture of advanced hybrid transmissions, complementing the next generation of low carbon vehicles.

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TDAP Pilot

Dearman completed the pilot Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) in February 2016, having progressed through three stages of concept evaluation, business planning and technical development during an 18-month period.

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GKN – Gyrodrive

The GKN Hybrid Power flywheel is an electric flywheel, storing energy mechanically in a high-speed carbon rotor. This novel technology cut its teeth in top-flight endurance racing, helping to power Audi’s R18 e-Tron Quattro to four successive Le Mans 24-hour race podiums. The APC ‘Gyrodrive’ project, which closed in September ’17, sought to develop and test this technology for use in the Hybrid bus market.

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Intelligent Energy – ZERE

Intelligent Energy (IE) represents one of the UK’s most innovative organisations when it comes to the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology and our competitions have enabled IE, and its partners’ innovations to reach the point of market readiness.

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