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Report - Caterham F1 HQ (Leafield Technical Centre), Oxford - June 2016

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by BrainL, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
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    The Explore
    Very unplanned this one.. driving down to Goodwood Festival of Speed with my better half I started seeing sign posts for Oxford which reminded me of this place I'd seen pop up lately.. as a massive F1 and motorsport fan I thought it would be rude to not make a little detour and have a look..

    Sadly with the Mrs waiting in the car in the middle of nowhere it had to be a quick one so I didn't get chance to look around the older buildings but hopefully I'll get back one day with a bit more time :)

    The History
    Leafield Technical Centreis a former radio transmission station, now turned motorsports centre of excellence, located in the hamlet of Langley, in the western part of the village of Leafield in Oxfordshire, England. Developed from 1912 as a radio transmission station by the General Post Office, it was decommissioned by successor company British Telecom in 1986. BT Group redeveloped the site as a training college, but then closed the site in 1993

    Sold to a commercial property company, the site was then leased by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) as a motorsport development centre for the Arrows Formula One team, until the team's demise in the 2002 season. From the 2006 season until the 2008 season Leafield Technical Centre was the headquarters of the now-defunct Super Aguri F1team.

    Menard Competition Technologies were then based at Leafield Technical Centre. MCT has made the engines for Norton Motorcycles' range of Commando 961 models since 2009.

    In January 2012, it was announced that the Caterham F1 team would be moving to Leafield from their original base at Hingham, Norfolk and 8 months later, Caterham F1 Team eventually completed their relocation to Leafield Technical Centre The Caterham F1 Team was a Malaysian, later British, owned Formula One team based in the United Kingdom which raced under a Malaysian licence.The Caterham brand had competed in the Formula One World Championship from 2012 to 2014, following the acquisition of British sportscar manufacturer Caterham Cars by former owner and team principal Tony Fernandes, forming the Caterham Group.

    In July 2014, Tony Fernandes and his partners announced that they had sold the team to a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors.The "Caterham" name was later used under licence after the Caterham Group separation.

    In October 2014, Caterham entered administration and did not attend a race weekend for the first time in its history beginning from the United States Grand Prix. In November 2014, after also missing the Brazilian Grand Prix, Caterham became the first F1 team ever to resort to crowd funding, enabling it to race at the final Grand Prix for 2014 and take part in end of season testing both held in Abu Dhabi.On 27 February 2015, the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) published a revised entry list with Manor Marussia being reintroduced and Caterham being removed from the list, and by March of the same year, the team's assets were put up for auction, spelling the official demise of the team.

    The 28-acre site includes 150,000 sq. ft. of buildings, a mix of modern offices, traditional Cotswold stone buildings and industrial properties.

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  2. Gromr123

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    This is very cool! Its so untouched, very surreal.
     
  3. mattdonut

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    Nice pictures
    We didn't see a soul either
     
  4. BrainL

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    Thanks guys :)
     
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    Great report. I know the site quite well. Is access easy enough (not asking for details)
     
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