Readers of the ClassicCars.com Journal likely know Frazier Nash for the sports cars it produced, even though there were only 400 such vehicles rolled out in 33 years of operation from 1924 to 1957. The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile reports that while the production numbers were small, the cars remain popular and many of the cars have survived.
The company was founded in 1922 by Archibald Frazer-Nash, who previously, and in partnership with H.R. Godfrey, has established England’s leading cyclecar company under the G.N. banner.
But while the automaking enterprise closed in 1957, there remains a Frazer-Nash Consultancy in the UK and it has worked with Williams Advanced Engineering — with a heritage in Formula One racing — and the Whizz-Kidz — a charity — to create “a wheelchair for the 21st century.”
The news release about the wheelchair says it was “designed by children… to meet their hopes and dreams.”
Williams brings to the project its experience in the healthcare industry through its previous work on such things as an incubator for transporting critically ill infants and a paralympic handcycle.
The wheelchair project began in 2017 when the Whiz-Kids, Duchenne UK and Edinburg University received a £1 million grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund to design a chair that would not just meet medical needs “but harness technology and design to meet a young person’s dreams and aspirations.”
Among other attributes, the chair will have the capability of using stairs, Williams noted.