A new £8m Williams technical centre, aimed at spreading the skills and know-how of F1 into the wider industry, was opened today by the prime minister, David Cameron
Welcoming the prime minister to the new building in Grove, near Wantage in Oxfordshire, Frank Williams said he was "immensely proud" that the very specific skills possessed by his 600 employees would now be spread more widely.
Williams began doing advanced engineering work as long ago as the Metro 6R4 rally car, and has run a variety of programmes, mostly race-based, recently providing energy recovery systems for Audi and Porsche's Le Mans cars.
Last year's Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar featured much Williams technology - in fact, the tech centre building was originally proposed as a works for building a 200-strong production run.
Now, a wide variety of aerospace, automotive and static power generation projects are being brought together in the new centre, under a new management led by managing director Craig Wilson, formerly of TWR.