Prodrive is one of the world’s largest and most successful motorsport and technology businesses. We employ more than 500 staff at three locations in the UK, including our headquarters in Banbury, a proving ground in Warwickshire and our composites manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes.
While the company is perhaps best known for motorsport, today it is just one part of a organisation, which in the last decade has diversified to become a technology business working in a range of sectors and providing a range of services.
Within the Prodrive Group, there are four distinct but interconnected business areas:
· Motorsport: race and rally programmes for vehicles manufacturers and global brands
· Technology: innovation for the automotive, aerospace, defence and marine sectors
· Composites: lightweight components for the automotive, aerospace, defence sectors
· Bespoke Collections: clothing and accessories for leading brands
Prodrive has been competing in the major global motorsport series since it was founded in 1984 and has won 6 World Rally titles; fourBritish Touring Car Championships; three Le Mans titles; as well as managing the BAR F1 team for three seasons taking it to second place in the F1 manufacturers’ world championship. Today we run programmes for Aston Martin in the FIA World Endurance Championship and global sports car series and for MINI in the World Rally Championship, as well as regional and national series. Today more than 150 Aston Martin race and MINI rally cars are competing globally – all supported by Prodrive.
In 2013 we have also made our first venture into Global Rallycross, a recent motorsport phenomenon designed for television with events in Europe and the USA. Our MINI RX will compete in the 2013 X Games and Global Rallycross events.
We are also looking at entries to the Dakar and the FIA’s new Formula E championship, the first just for electric cars.
With the innovative technology and techniques used in motorsport, it was a natural progression that Prodrive would offer its engineering skills to the mainstream automotive market. Today this division represents a third of the company’s sales with more than 100 engineers working on projects for leading vehicles manufacturers, as well as businesses in the aerospace, defence and marine sectors.
We have developed a particular specialism in electro-hydraulic and electro-mechanical actuation systems, the latest electric and flywheel hybrid systems; DC/DC converters for electric cars; as well as the design and manufacture of limited edition performance and luxury cars. This is supported by our in-house specialist manufacturing facility, which includes fully automated five axis machining, fabrication, electrical and electronic system design and advanced lightweight composites.
Our composites business is now one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Housed in its own 32,000 sq ft facility in Milton Keynes with nearly 200 staff we produced advance lightweight composites for customers in the aerospace, automotive, defence marine and other specialist sectors. We are currently manufacturing everything from bodywork, aerodynamic devices and interior trim for sports cars; to first class cabin interiors for commercial airliners, radars for navy ships and components for orbiting satellites..
Brand& is our business which creates bespoke clothing and accessory ranges for leading brands. Our clients range from FIFA to the Vodafone McLaren F1 team and Aston Martin. In each case we design every item in the range, have it manufactured by our own suppliers and can then mange the distribution of the products globally. .