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Formula E to build new headquarters at Donington Park

Formula E, the FIA’s new global electric racing series, has announced that its new headquarters and team facilities will be based within the grounds of the Donington Park Racing Circuit in the UK.
Construction work on the 44,000ft² bespoke premises began on 2nd January and when complete 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 – totaling more than 150 people. All works will be complete by the end of April with the first teams moving in on 1st May.
In addition, the Formula E teams - all of which have now been announced - will use the Donington Park circuit for their testing and development work on the fully electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E racecar.
The new facilities, located in Donington’s Western Paddock, 100 meters from the circuit at the Melbourne Hairpin entry, will also 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. 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."
The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) have provided a US$6m (£3.65m) loan facility to Donington Park towards the US9.4m (£5.7m) scheme to provide bespoke facilities for the Formula E teams and office facilities for the series promoters.
Formula E is a new FIA Championship using electric single-seater race cars capable of speeds in excess of 225km/h. Beginning this September in Beijing, the series will compete in the heart of 10 of the world's leading cities including London, Miami and Rio de Janeiro.

23 January 2014


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