Tuesday, July 5, 2011

News: Marussia Virgin Racing could drive away from Rotherham


Marussia Virgin Racing, the Formula One team with their headquarters in Rotherham, have entered into a technical partnership with McLaren and purchased a new technical base.

The announcement signals the seriousness of the team's intent to become a real contender in the world's premier form of motorsport, but it could result in the team moving out of Rotherham as they also announced ambitions to bring operations together under one roof.

Marussia Virgin Racing has concluded a long-term technical partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies which will see the team benefit from access to McLaren facilities, knowledge and capabilities, for example their test rigs and driver-in-the-loop simulator, supply chain experience and CFD and CAE techniques including race strategy tools.

Importantly, this includes access to the McLaren wind tunnel.

The Dinnington team, also announced that it has acquired the Formula One business of WRT, its former technical partner, including WRT's leading-edge technical centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK.

It is not yet clear what effect this will have on the expanded premises on the Dinnington Business Park which are currently used as the international centre for the preparation, assembly, maintenance and development of their cars.

The announcement stated that: "The Banbury premises will continue to be utilised by Marussia Virgin Racing for the next two years, during which time the team will progress its plans to develop a tailor-made new facility more suited to the team's long-term tenure within the sport and allowing the team to come together under the same roof."

Andy Webb, CEO at marussia Virgin Racing, said: "When we undertook our detailed review of the team in the first half of 2011, it was clear that our bold ambitions for the future would need to be matched with some equally bold steps towards achieving them.

"I am delighted that in a relatively short space of time we are now in the fantastic position of being able to make these two very important announcements, which will enable us to make some dramatic strides forward with immediate effect.

"Our technical partnership with McLaren is very exciting indeed. McLaren is one of the most prestigious and successful marques in Grand Prix racing history, with an enviable record of success over many years. We can benefit enormously from McLaren's far-reaching techniques and capabilities and I have no doubt that this Partnership will see us take the technical steps necessary to make a significant leap forwards.

"In addition, our acquisition of the WRT Formula One business ensures continuity of technical infrastructure for the period ahead, which means that the transition to working with our new technical partner can begin immediately and is not frustrated by logistical considerations. Our three-centre operation has served us well in our formative years but our ambitions for the future will rely on the full might of the team coming together under one roof."

Marussia Virgin Racing website

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