The electric-powered race car series Formula E will build its headquarters and team facilities will be based within the grounds of the Donington Park Racing Circuit in the UK.
Construction work on the 44,000 square feet premises began Jan. 2 and when complete will provide facilities for each of the 10 Formula E teams, together with offices, stores and workshops for Formula E’s own operational staff. Formula E said these should total more than 150 people.
The ten Formula E teams will also use the Donington Park circuit for their testing and development work on the fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car.
The new facilities, located in Donington’s Western Paddock, just 300 feet from the circuit itself 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. Formula E said this will ensure teams benefit from high environmental standards, effective energy management systems and the reduction of carbon emissions wherever possible – in-line with Formula E’s sustainability ethos.
Beginning this September in Beijing, the series will compete in the heart of ten of the world’s leading cities including London, Miami and Rio de Janeiro. Ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans while accelerating the electric vehicle market and promoting
Formula E stated all works will be complete by the end of April with the first teams moving in on May first. Formula E also said its commercial aspects will continue to operate out of its London offices.