Designs for a concept car based almost entirely on technical expertise and componentry from Birmingham will be unveiled to investors in India this week,
The Birmingham Bolt was conceived by inward investment body Business Birmingham as a technical showcase for the Greater Birmingham area, highlighting both the strength of the area’s existing supply chain and the significant potential for investors seeking to join it.
Revealing a first glimpse of the Bolt’s design ahead of the 11th Auto Expo in Delhi (running 5- 11 January), Business Birmingham’s transport technologies and manufacturing investment manager Martyn Mangan said: “The Bolt is a high performance, premium concept vehicle design that incorporates advanced engineering capability and precision parts sourced almost exclusively in the Birmingham area.
“Our established automotive supply chain means that the majority of The Bolt’s body, chassis, interior and underlying componentry could be supplied locally - seeing this design or one very much like it accelerate from the drawing board and onto roads in under 18 months using our existing research, development and manufacturing base.”
Neil Rami, chief executive of Marketing Birmingham, explained: “The message we’re sharing with investors in Delhi is that two thirds of all UK automotive R&D is conducted in the Greater Birmingham area and global vehicle manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota and BMW source over 4billion GBP of components locally.”
The Birmingham area is home to companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (MG Rover), while Aston Martin and Nissan are within close proximity. It also has a burgeoning niche vehicle market that includes industry leader Morgan.
For a list of the Birmingham Bolt Concept Companies (direct suppliers to the automotive industry), visit: