Caterham to move headquarters from Hingham to Leafield 18 Jan 2012
Caterham, who competed in the 2010/11 seasons as Lotus, will move to a new base during the 2012 season. The Formula One team, and its GP2 counterpart, plan to relocate from their current site in Hingham, Norfolk to a new home in Leafield, Oxfordshire in August.
The factory in Hingham has been our home since we were first granted our entry into the F1 World Championship in September 2009 and it has served us extremely well, giving us the perfect platform to establish both the F1 team and our GP2 team in the first stages of our development, explained team principal Tony Fernandes.
However, as both teams grew, and in the planning process we went through when acquiring Caterham Cars and establishing the wider Caterham Group, it became clear that we needed to house the car company in the same facility as our racing operations, to give us the best chance to meet our future goals on and off track. We began looking for a site that could be adapted to suit the future needs of our racing and road car operations and Leafield quickly became the obvious choice.
We propose moving the F1 and GP2 teams to the new site in or around August 2012, giving us ample time to build up the infrastructure required to house all the critical elements of both teams, and propose moving Caterham Cars into a new, bespoke development and production facility on the same site in due course."
Although Fernandes plans to shift the operational bases of his teams to Oxfordshire, the Hingham site will continue to expand as the home of Caterham Composites and Caterham Technology and Innovation.
The factory in Hingham is where the dream began, and we will continue to develop that site into the new permanent home for Caterham Composites," he said. "We have cutting edge technical and production facilities already in operation in the factory, now focused on the F1 and GP2 teams, and we will be expanding those facilities to help meet the future demands of Caterham Composites clients in all the markets that company will operate in, continuing to provide jobs and investment in Norfolk in world class, cutting edge technology. Caterham Technology and Innovation will also remain in Norfolk, demonstrating our long-term commitment to our first home.
While it will obviously be sad if the F1 and GP2 teams move on from Hingham we are not saying goodbye to Norfolk. This will be the next chapter in the development of both our motor racing teams and our road car company and gives us the best chance to keep progressing on track and, in future, on the road with Caterham Cars.
As Lotus, Caterham reinforced their position as the best of the new teams in their second year in 2011, finishing tenth in the standings and occasionally challenging the midfield. Their new Oxfordshire base has previously housed former Formula One teams Arrows and Super Aguri.
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