United Kingdom has always been a sort of motorsport Mecca; a holy land for all the top racing teams in need of easy access to technology masters, test facilities, and world class circuits. So it was only natural for the Formula E organization to build its headquarters in the old country.
They have decided on Donington Park racing circuit and have already started the construction work on the 44,000ft² bespoke premises. When complete, the facility will accommodate each of the 10 Formula E teams, together with offices, stores and workshops for Formula E’s own operational staff – totalling more than 150 people.
The race track itself will provide the teams with an excellent ground on which the teams can test and fine tune their own version of the fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car.
The headquarters will be located just 100 meters away from the circuit, and as befits an environmental-friendly organization like Formula E, it will comply with the “Very Good” BREEAM sustainable construction standards and with the UK Government’s Low Carbon Economy and the National Planning Policy Framework requirements.
Let’s just hope the racing will be as exciting as they say it will be. Because no matter how technologically-advanced or how environmentally-safe the series might be, it won’t succeed if it turns out to be dull.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “We looked at a number of locations around Europe but the British motorsport industry is regarded as the best in the world so it was an easy decision for us to be based in the UK and our new facilities at Donington Park provide the perfect central location for operating the FIA Formula E Championship. Being in the ‘Motorsport Valley’ also means we can take advantage of the technology and skills all around us, as we have already done through McLaren and Williams.”