Home of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
Brackley, situated 70 miles northwest of London, has been the home of the modern Silver Arrows since the return of the Mercedes-Benz works team to Formula One in 2010.
Before that, the facility was home to Brawn GP, who won the 2009 Formula One World Championships with Jenson Button and Mercedes-Benz engines. After Brawn GP's takeover by Mercedes-Benz, the Brackley factory subsequently became the home of the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula 1 team (now known as the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team).
The factory site covers an area of 60, 000 square metres. The number of buildings has grown six fold since 1999 and now provides ultra-modern facilities for the design and development of the next generation of Formula One cars.
Brackley houses cutting edge facilities including the wind tunnel, state of the art dynos and the team’s driver in loop simulator as well as the production resources required to maintain season-long development of the race car.
This wind tunnel was modernised in 2012 as part of the restructuring of the aerodynamics department, and since then, engineers have been able to use 60-percent models that provide more information and give better feedback.
In five shifts, more than 700 employees work 24 hours a day, seven days a week on design, development and manufacturing activities. More than 250, 000 working hours go into the design of a Formula 1 car, and a further 200, 000 hours plus are spent on production. Only during the two-week summer break and on Christmas Day do the workshops in Brackley fall silent..