What is Thatcham?

Thatcham Research is the motor insurers’ automotive research centre. Established by the motor insurance industry in 1969, the centre’s main aim is to contain or reduce the cost of motor insurance claims whilst maintaining safety standards.

Today, Thatcham Research still occupies its unique position as the UK’s only ‘not for profit’ insurer funded research centre. Whilst the original aims remain intact, the centre now enjoys a much wider remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology research, spanning safety, security and repair.

Based just outside Newbury in Berkshire, Thatcham Research has grown from small beginnings to an organisation now boasting over 180 staff, a state of the art vehicle research workshop, a Euro NCAP approved Crash Laboratory and two fully equipped automotive academies.

A founder member of the international ‘Research Council for Automobile Repairs’ (RCAR), Thatcham Research have also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

Enjoying an increasingly global influence in both the insurance and automotive sectors, Thatcham Research are regularly asked to provide their experience and know-how at high profile events and in the media, living up to their reputation as ‘Experts in Safety, Security and Crash Repair’.

Thatcham’s Categories

Scorpion Automotive produce alarms and tracking systems that comply with the following approval categories:


Motorcycle Category 1

Electronic Alarm and Immobiliser
(Scorpion Alarm Immobiliser):

• Alarm ECU Protection
• Ignition detection
• Inclination detection
• Audible warning with battery back-up power supply
• Passively set immobiliser that isolates a minimum of two operating circuits or systems 0

A Category 1 alarm/immobiliser is used to provide insurance industry approved security to vehicles above 125cc that do not feature Thatcham approved immobilisation as standard. If your vehicles has OE provided immobilisation which has been approved by Thatcham then an upgrade may be used to upgrade the security to full category 1 status. Your local dealer can advise which system you require.


Motorcycle Category 2-1

Electronic Alarm Upgrade

• Alarm ECU Protection
• Ignition detection
• Inclination detection (Mandatory Motorcycle only)
• Audible warning with battery back-up power supply


Motorcycle Category 6

Stolen Vehicle Tracking
(Scorpion Track):

The ScorpionTrack 6 is a sophisticated GPS tracking system that has been awarded Thatcham Category 6 accreditation.
Our Secure Monitoring Centre provides our customers with the peace of mind 24/7/365.

• Battery Back-up power supply
• Bi Directional communication
• Street level mapping
• Police or Licensed security agreement
• Positional data store
• Illegal motion detection (Ignition Off theft alert)