Making the earth move in Faenza

Making the earth move in Faenza

May 30, 2014

The debate about noise levels in Formula 1 seems to be going quiet, but here in Faenza, there is plenty to please those who like the sound of powerful engines, as the huge earth movers and diggers have now arrived at our factory to start the next stage of its expansion.

The new building, known as STR4 will take about as long to build as it takes to plan, design and produce a Formula 1 car, with a target set, not in the usual minutes, seconds and fractions of a second down to the nearest thousandth, which characterises our sport, but in weeks. Come back in a year's time and STR4 and its 7,500 square metres should be complete, as the build is meant to take 52 weeks.

The final part of the construction process will actually involve some demolition work! That's because STR4 is being built adjacent to the existing STR3, home to Composites and when the new building is complete, the shared wall will be knocked down to make one vast space. Apart from the aforementioned Composites, everything that used to happen in the two oldest buildings on our site - Design, R&D, IT, Purchasing, Machine Shop, Workshop and car assembly area, Management, HR, Brand, Press and PR - will now make a new home in STR4. Some of the power required by the new building will be produced on site, by a methane co-generator, making it as up to the minute in terms of its hybrid power sources as the current Formula 1 cars themselves.