LONDON – Aston Martin has begun work on a new Formula One factory and wind tunnel, which team owner Lawrence Stroll has said is his commitment to the sport and the goal of fighting for the world championship in the next three to five years. Is.
The Canadian billionaire told reporters that the Silverstone factory and ‘campus’ would cost 150-200 million pounds ($207 to $276 million) and would be one of the most sustainable in Formula One.
The facility, across the road from the British Grand Prix circuit, is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 or early 2023 with room for 1,000 people.
McLaren’s Norman Foster-designed headquarters in Woking, which opened in 2004, is the most recent new F1 factory to be built in Britain, but Stroll said it would be very different from that.
“It would be perfectly fit for the sole purpose, taking into account the financial regulations (cost cap),” said Stroll, whose son Lance drives for the team.
“It shows my faith in the team, it confirms my ambitions and it reaffirms my belief in Formula One, because it is really an investment in Formula One as well.
“It’s a building that will really represent our image, our culture, and our DNA.”
Formula One is considering banning wind tunnels for aerodynamic development and testing, but Stroll doubted that would happen and said that if it did, it would be no earlier than 2030.
“We believe it is a worthy investment that will have seven to eight years to be able to use it before any decision is made. I personally do not think wind tunnels will disappear,” he said.
Stroll said the Aston Martin road car design team would be based at the British sportscar company’s Gayden site.
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by Alan Baldwin
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times