- Facility will be the first F1 factory in the UK for 17 years
- New wind tunnel and simulator to built for Aston Martin
- Team to work with Cognizant, NetApp and Sentinel One to create central cloud network
Aston Martin have started work on a new 400,000-square-foot facility that is being billed as Formula One’s first-ever ‘smart factory’.
The new facility, which is being constructed on land opposite Silverstone Circuit, will be the first all-new Formula One-dedicated factory in the UK for 17 years.
Team owner Lawrence Stroll reportedly told members of the media that the facility is expected to cost between UK£150 million (US$207 million) and UK£200 million (US$276 million) to build.
The factory, which is expected to be completed in late 2022 or early 2023, will house all manufacturing resources in a single campus and is also set to include a new wind tunnel and Formula One simulator.
In addition, Aston Martin will work with partners Cognizant, NetApp and Sentinel One to install smart factory intelligence systems throughout the base.
The factory will be built as a wireless and adaptive facility, with all data from monitoring systems and information processes combined within a central cloud network.
"It is inspiring to look at where we are now in the context of the architectural and organisational challenges and ambitions that lie ahead," said Stroll.
"Our new buildings reflect not only the scope of our determination to become a world championship-winning force, but also the scale of our growth and development as an organisation.
"I feel strongly that any building is a powerful representation of the people who work within it, and I am thrilled that we are creating a new home in which people can work, collaborate, create and win together.
"It is exciting to think that the entire team will be in its new home by the end of 2022 or the start of 2023, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners who are working on the project, especially JCB and Cognizant."