30 January 2014
To Melbourne & Monte Carlo!
Another one of Silverstone Park’s ‘hidden gems’, Bob Salisbury Engineering enjoys a genuine global presence with its renowned reputation for show cars and simulators used by some of Formula 1’s biggest names.
Red Bull, McLaren and even the FIA (motor sport’s world governing body the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) rely on the meticulous work carried out in Unit 17, Silverstone Park.
Right now a single-seater ‘tub’ – a replica of those typically used in F1 and produced in-house at BSE’s workshop – is en route to Melbourne for March’s season-opening Grand Prix. There it will be put to good use by the FIA for pre-GP extrication refresher training for the GP’s marshals and medical crews.
A second similar monocoque is also being prepared by BSE for use at May’s ‘blue riband’ Monaco GP in Monte Carlo. This comes after the FIA used BSE’s expertise to supply cockpits for extrication demonstrations at 2013’s German and Abu Dhabi GPs as well as its World Motorsport Conference in Istanbul, Turkey the previous year.
It is in BSE that Red Bull, title-winner for the past four years, and arguably F1’s most successful constructor of all, McLaren, place their trust to replicate and deliver on time stunning recreations of their GP cars at shows and other high-profile functions both in the UK and around the world. From TOTAL fuel stations to SKY Sports to BBC Top Gear to shows in mainland Europe, directors Bob Salisbury and daughter Jessica Walker also handle logistics and delivery. Mercedes, Sauber, Force India and Ferrari are also among recent clients.
So too Marussia which uses BSE’s vinyl graphic skills to wrap its F1 cars during the GP season.
Take a peak inside the company’s workshop and the sight of four Red Bulls as well as two ‘half-car’ McLaren chassis complete with hi-tech simulators takes one’s breath away.
The design, construction and provision of glitch-free simulators – particularly to F1 standards – is not the work of a moment. In fact the attention to detail is exquisite and is why one of the world’s largest airlines has also recently appointed BSE to construct for it a bespoke liveried F1-style simulator for demonstrations and passenger use in its flagship airport! Watch this space…