The noisy sport of motor racing has a huge global audience, but the bulk of the work that makes it possible takes place in the silence of England’s rural Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. It is known as Motorsport Valley, or the valley of motorsports.
Of the 11 Formula 1 teams this year, eight are based in the UK, and one of them is McLaren.
McLaren’s futuristic headquarters is a striking example of engineering in action. Designed by architect Norman Foster, it is the showcase of the company as well as a factory in which they make the racing cars for F1 and the new model of commercial vehicle.
Its gleaming facilities look more like a hospital than an auto plant.