Best of British
From ultimate luxury to the world’s most decorated car, join us as we celebrate the engineering majesty of the UK
Posted: 05 Jul 2012
Italy has its supercar valley, but we've got the racing equivalent: the M40's glamorous ‘motorsport valley'. Eight of the 12 teams contesting the 2012 F1 season are based in the UK, six of them clustered in a 40-mile zone around Buckinghamshire: an area that's also home to motorsport firms Cosworth and Prodrive.
"The UK is the place to be for F1," says Christian Horner, boss of Red Bull F1, Austrian-owned but based in Milton Keynes. "There is a proven heritage, and a network of suppliers and skills that is very concentric within the UK." But the world's biggest race teams aren't here just because it's convenient. They're here because we're the best. "Engineering is something that the UK has always been particularly strong at," Horner says. "In advanced technologies such as carbon fibre, it's the market leader..."