Melbourne’s Motor Show was the launch pad for the FR-1 concept vehicle, which is being constructed in Melbourne to showcase the talents of Australia’s manufacturing industry. To this end, Marand Precision Engineering were asked to construct the prototype chassis, the floor pan and other aluminium mounting blocks for the display held at the 2009 Melbourne Motor Show. Marand Precision Engineering were chosen since they had automotive experience as well as the machine capabilities to complete the tasks.
While the car is some way off being completed to a driveable state, the concept vehicle and models of various parts of its design were displayed at the Motor Show.
Marand Precision Engineering were first approached in early August 2008. It was six weeks before the show that the final design parameters were complete for the aluminium one-piece floor pan and the monocoque chassis, which in its final build, will be a cured carbon-fibre construction.
Once completed at the end of 2009, the FR-1 concept vehicle will have a national and international schedule of trade and motor shows. These will be used as a platform to demonstrate the talents of Australian companies, such as Marand Precision Engineering. The vehicle will later be auctioned with proceeds that will be divided among charities.