Racing to the Rescue

During WWII, everyone was asked to “Do Their Part”. Even Henry Ford, who was a well known pacifist and publicly opposed US entry into World War II, eventually geared the giant Willow Run plant to produce B-24 bombers. Willow Run was the largest factory under one roof in the world. Before Willow Run, it was deemed impossible to build an aircraft on an assembly line. Ford Motor Company proved this wrong.

Today’s battle against a global virus has enlisted Formula 1 racing teams to use their cutting-edge technology to help build ventilators for coronavirus victims. On Monday the UK government put out a call to businesses that might be able to help supply ventilators or components, as well as more specific help in areas such as rapid prototyping, design and testing. This is what Formula 1 is all about!

Teams have offered to get involved and provide expertise at a time when they have capacity due to the lack of racing.

“A collective of UK-based Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers and their respective technology arms is evaluating support for the manufacture of respiratory devices in response to the UK Government’s call for assistance. All the teams have expert design, technology and production capabilities, and specialize in rapid prototyping and high value manufacturing, which is hoped can be applied to the critical needs set out by Government. It is hoped this work, which is being rapidly progressed, will produce a tangible outcome in the next few days.”

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