The British Midlands

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  • The region is a key part of Motorsport Valley – a world-renowned motorsport industry cluster
  • A highly developed skills base has attracted famous companies including Honda, Ilmor, Mitsubishi and Aston Martin
  • The industry is supported by the very latest, cutting edge research from universities and research bodies specialising in motorsport

For world-class research, famous names and a wealth of expertise across the motorsport industry, look no further than the British Midlands.

Key part of Motorsport Valley  – the UK’s world-renowned motorsport industry cluster  – the region has specialists in design, engine technology, transmissions, electronic systems and chassis components, as well as strong capabilities in event management and organisation.

The region’s highly developed skills base has attracted a number of major companies whose names have become synonymous with motorsport across the globe. Prodrive, Ricardo, Zytek, Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports (MMSP) and Aston Martin Racing are all based here, and all take advantage of the  high-speed test track facilities on offer at Silverstone (the home of Formula 1 Grand Prix in the UK) MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association, Gaydon (Land Rover Product Development Centre), Fen End (Prodrive), Rockingham Oval Raceway (BMW Power), Shesley Walsh –

the oldest motorsport venue in the world and Donington (the home of Motorcycle Grand Prix in the UK).

These companies are supported by world-class research universities and other research bodies specialising in motorsport, including the University of Coventry, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, Aston University and Loughborough University. All of these intsutitions have extensve knowledge across the automotive sector, meaning great opportunities for collaboration, whatever your area of transport expertise.

The region plays host to the British GP leg of Formula 1 at Silverstone, Motorcycle Grand Prix at Donington and American stock oval racing at Rockingham. These events make a major contrbution to the economy of the British Midlands and provide a huge draw for inward investment.

he National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham plays host to the annual Autosport International Exhibition, which features exhibits from all disciplines of the sport. Over 26,000 registered trade visitors and over 64,000 public visitors attended the event held in January 2006.