Gordon Murray Design has forged a new technical partnership with chemical specialist Toray Industries to develop Murray's innovative iStream manufacturing system.
The two companies will also work together on R&D, as well as exploring further opportunities for Toray's materials in the automotive sector.
There will be a particular focus on research into lightweight hybrid chassis structures, the use of carbonfibre and other key materials in volume production, the further development of structural thermoplastics, advanced crash structures and automotive safety.
The partnership is the next step in a relationship that began when Toray commissioned Surrey-based GMD to design, tool and build a prototype two-seat electric sports car, the Teewave AR.1, which was unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in December.
Murray said: “Working with Toray on the Teewave programme was a great platform to launch a technical partnership from. We look forward to working together with Toray on many more ground-breaking technology programmes."