British-based teams launch 'Project Pitlane'

Seven British-based Formula 1 teams have combined to create ‘Project Pitlane’ in the ongoing global struggle to tackle the coronavirus.

The initiative will see the teams join forces to design and manufacture prototypes for much-needed ventilators that will be used to help those suffering from the contagion.

Red Bull, Racing Point, Haas, Mercedes, McLaren, Renault and Williams have all answered the call of the UK government for assistance in the development and manufacture of ventilators.

“Following decisions taken this week by the UK Government, Project Pitlane is focussed on three workstreams,” read a statement from F1.

“These workstreams vary in scope from reverse engineering existing medical devices, to support in scaling the production of existing ventilator designs as part of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, to the rapid design and prototype manufacture of a new device for certification and subsequent production.

“In each instance, Project Pitlane will pool the resources and capabilities of its member teams to greatest effect, focusing on the core skills of the F1 industry: rapid design, prototype manufacture, test and skilled assembly. F1’s unique ability to rapidly respond to engineering and technological challenges allows the group to add value to the wider engineering industry’s response.”

Although this initial involvement in the fight against COVID-19 is set around ventilators, the teams are prepared to continue working to assist in any way possible as the situation continues to develop.