09 August 2018
Silverstone Park developer MEPC will be a sponsor of a new motorsport business and careers opportunities event – MotorsportDays.LIVE – in the neighbouring Silverstone Circuit’s Wing building later this year (Fri 2/Sat 3 November).
The event will give race championships, teams, constructors and manufacturers a chance to showcase their products to prospective new customers. Some of this will be via demonstrations of cars on the Silverstone circuit.
Silverstone Park will be among the event’s exhibitors during the two days and said MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director for the estate: “Activity among motorsport businesses – many in the crucial supply chain – has never been stronger at Silverstone Park given how it has evolved in recent times, the facilities we have put in place and its connections to the Silverstone Technology Cluster.
“The estate is now home to some of the most exciting companies in UK motorsport – some having re-located here altogether, others having expanded on site – and many have been able to successfully transfer their skills and capabilities into other high-tech engineering and manufacturing sectors.
“Both the MIA and BRDC have recently highlighted how our development of Silverstone Park is having a positive impact on the UK motorsport industry. We believe that MotorsportDays.LIVE’s refreshing, new approach can have similar benefits for the industry which is why we are supporting it.
“The event further enables us to promote the opportunities at Silverstone Park for ambitious companies working in motorsport and we believe it also gives SMEs and larger organisations based both here and elsewhere within the Cluster a great opportunity to network.
“Similarly it has the potential to open the eyes of young people looking to enter engineering and/or manufacturing as their chosen profession – something that sits well with our commitment to the skills agenda.”
Motorsport businesses to have recently located to Silverstone Park include Mercedes F1 and DS Virgin Racing. Meanwhile others with strong motorsport roots from both the estate and the STC are now major players across other sectors in areas such as light weighting, additive manufacturing, aerodynamics and electronics and software development.
Prime examples include Delta Motorsport and Performance Projects which have both expanded on site to further their respective electric vehicle and all-round engineering consultancy work within the automotive sector.
Another is EDM Precision, whose specialist spark and wire erosion skills which are used to manufacture intricate components for Formula 1 teams are now in increasing demand from the likes of the medical supplies, aerospace and defence sectors.
Furthermore Silverstone Park is home to both the National College for Motorsport and Silverstone University Technology College which give students expert tuition in race car mechanics and engineering.