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M-sport’s de­vel­op­ment of its Dovenby Hall head­quar­ters is more than a month ahead of sched­ule – with the test track ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of the year.

The Cum­brian firm is in­vest­ing £19mil­lion to trans­form its cur­rent base into a ‘world-lead­ing’ mo­tor­sport re­search and de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­ity. In ad­di­tion to the 1.57mile test track, there will be a 108,000 square-me­tre eval­u­a­tion cen­tre. The whole 115-acre site is ex­pected to be open for busi­ness at the end of next year.

M-sport head Mal­colm Wil­son told MN: “It’s un­be­liev­able how quickly ev­ery­thing’s com­ing to­gether. The cir­cuit is five weeks ahead of sched­ule. While it’ll be done by the end of the year, we can’t use it un­til ev­ery­thing is fin­ished, which should be the end of next year.”

Wil­son is in the mid­dle of sign­ing off on plans for the eval­u­a­tion cen­tre, which will in­cor­po­rate a com­pos­ites de­part­ment, fab­ri­ca­tion cen­tre, ma­chine shop and chas­sis dynos as well as a race con­trol cen­tre for the test track it­self.

“This will be the one-stop­shop for mo­tor­sport and low-vol­ume road car work for man­u­fac­tur­ers,” said Wil­son.

“We want it to be a worldlead­ing fa­cil­ity. It’s an ab­so­lute must for M-sport. I’m a firm be­liever that if you stand still, you’re dead.”

In ad­di­tion to the work at the head­quar­ters in Cock­er­mouth, M-sport is also ex­pand­ing its Pol­ish op­er­a­tion in Krakow with the ad­di­tion of a new 4000 square-me­tre build­ing.

Con­struc­tion of new track is well un­der­way Pro­ject will house a test track and a new tech base

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