Envision Virgin Racing team has begun work on expanding its headquarters at Silverstone which will include the addition of a new simulator.
The Chinese-owned team moved to its present base, which is located in the same industrial area as the Racing Point F1 operation, in 2017.
Previously, like the majority of the current Formula E teams, the team had utilized the Donington Park Formula E business units since 2014.
Among changes at its headquarters, Envision Virgin Racing will add a VI-grade racing simulator to its capabilities.
It currently uses Audi Sport’s in-the-loop simulator at Neuberg and prior to that conducted sim work at the DS Performance facility near Paris.
The expansion is due to be completed during the summer in time for the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship which is likely to start in December.
Envision Virgin’s base is recognised as an officially ‘Very Good’ energy sustainable building as signified by the UK government’s BREEAM agency, as well as being certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust.
Additionally, and Following a partnership with electric vehicle charging technology company ChargePoint, the headquarters has three dual AC charging stations allowing up to six EVs to be charged at once.
Meanwhile, the team’s commercial headquarters continue to be based in central London.
“We fully support the team and want to continue building on the team’s already impressive legacy,” said Envision Group’s chairman of the board Franz Jung.
“Formula E is becoming increasingly competitive, so we know how important this type of investment is to help stay ahead of the competition.”