Location: Cumbria

Facility type: Test and Proving Ground

Length: 2.5 km

Additional info: 

In October 2013 Apex were contracted by Northern Developments (on behalf of M-Sport) to assist in the preparation of information for a planning submission to the local authority in May 2014. The focus of the planning submission was the development of an automotive evaluation centre at the M-Sport Headquarters, Dovenby Hall, Cumbria.

The Apex designed facility will primarily be used by M-Sport engineers to evaluate vehicles that have been developed on site, however there is a commercial case to use the facility for corporate and manufacturer experience activity. M-Sport currently visit nearby evaluation centres prior to competition and retail.
By bringing this activity on site alongside all the existing manufacturing & engine testing facilities, the organisation will create a unique facility in this part of the UK offering complete R&D – Testing & Evaluation – Manufacturing & production facilities Whilst also benefitting from reduced testing and logistics costs, the facility will also reduce otherwise unavoidable staff down time due to travel time to and from other facilities nationwide and improve the facility’s Carbon footprint.

In the short term this facility would directly benefit its core WRC business, however M-Sport have recently developed a very successful relationship with Bentley that has led to the development of the new Bentley Continental GT3 for competition. So, with the development of multiple vehicles on site, the requirement for a suitable private evaluation centre is more evident.
The M-Sport Evaluation Centre design incorporates the following key features:

  • 2.53 km Handling Circuit
  • A straight of 750 m
  • A multitude of permutation options
  • A 70 m, low friction, steady state cornering pad – Accessed via the track but could be separated from the track to allow for independent operation
  • A variance of high and low speed corner sequencing to allow for the testing of various car setup parameters
  • Over 13 m of elevation change along the track centre line challenge drivers and vehicle capability alike