07 August 2006
07 August 2006
Caparo Vehicle Technologies has been formed to focus on high volume production of automotive components from advanced composites, predominantly carbon fibre.
It is backed by the British billion euro Caparo Industries automotive components group.
Caparo Vehicle Technologies is the vision of Ben Geddes, Graham Halstead and Sean Butcher. Ben and Graham were responsible for the composites Engineering behind the McLaren F1 and McLaren Mercedes SLR. Iconic super car designer Gordon Murray has been appointed as a Director of the Caparo Vehicle Technologies holding company Caparo Vehicle Products.
Caparo Vehicle Technologies is envisaged as a designer and supplier of composites and systems. To provide an immediate demonstration of the new company’s capability, the launch product, the Caparo T1 is a 200mph road legal track day car which will demonstrate Caparo capabilities from composites design to parts production. It is envisaged that in addition to the composites parts, the car will feature Caparo brakes, formerly AP brakes, and use commodities such as Caparo Atlas Fastenings and Caparo Tube Components. If volumes permit, modular build is envisaged using the expertise of Caparo Modular Systems.
A development centre has been set up in Basingstoke Hampshire UK where composite parts will be developed and productionised for volume production worldwide using the unparalleled volume and international manufacturing expertise existing within the Caparo Vehicle Products Group.
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