As a centre of technical excellence for over thirty years, Britain is at the sharp end of the worldwide motor sport industry, and playing ever harder to win. Most Grand Prix teams are based in the UK and many of them have British managers and designers. Surprisingly, the success of Britain's Formula One industry has gone largely unrecognised outside the close-knit world of the racing aficionado. Clive Couldwell explores the heart of Formula One in the UK by talking to many of F1's leading lights, and reveals just what it is that makes the industry tick, and what tempts the world's players to come here. He explores Motorsport Valley, an area which covers the south and Midlands of the UK, where 75 per cent of the world's single-seater racing cars are designed and built. Winning in F1 depends on innovation and performance-critical engineering, using advances in technology to achieve fractional increases in lap times. UK research and development is leading the world, and is looking to the future with the next generation of drivers, engineers and aerodynamicists.
Clive Couldwell has reported on every major technology event that has shaped our lives in his 23-year career as a journalist. He specialises in explaining how technology and science apply to everyday life and has written extensively on the business and technology of Formula One for a number of magazines and newspapers, which include the London Evening Standard, The Times, The Business, F1 Weekend and J.