The new electric car racing series Formula E will base its new headquarters and team facilities at Donington Park.
A 44,000-square-foot bespoke premises will provide state-of-the-art facilities for 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 teams taking part in Formula E will use the circuit for their testing and development work on the fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car, ahead of the championship's September start.
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. All 10 teams will soon have top facilities at their disposal in a modern, sustainable building, as well as direct access to the circuit to develop their cars.
“We are also just a stone’s throw from East Midlands Airport and the hub of our logistics partner DHL, meaning we will make substantial cost and emission savings. It’s also great for such an innovative and global racing series to be based at a historic race track like Donington Park and we’re looking forward to welcoming the teams.”
Construction started on 2 January and all works will be complete by the end of April, with the first teams moving in on 1 May. Formula E’s commercial aspects will continue to operate out of its London offices.
Christopher Tate, managing director of Donington Park Racing Ltd, said: “With Formula E, we have no doubt this new centre will come to act as a technical hub for the future development of these exciting new technologies not just for the motorsport industry, but for the wider automotive sector as a whole.”
Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: “With investment from the government's Growing Places Fund – secured through the Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership – Formula E's new facilities will further promote Britain as a leading innovator in developing technologies for energy-efficient cars. Motorsport is now one of the key growth sectors, and a great British success story."