Prodrive Racing (Australia) plans new Supercars mega factory
Plans for Prodrive Racing Australia to move into a new factory are underway, with a fresh facility promising to raise the standard in the Supercars category.
This will mean that, in 2018, our Navy Technical Sailors will be operating out of the largest and most modern motor racing facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.
Prodrive’s headquarters were strategically set up across the road from Ford Australia’s main assembly plant and doubled as the business centre for the now defunct Ford Performance Vehicles brand.
Team owners Rusty French and Rod Nash inherited the current lease when buying the business from Prodrive founder David Richards in 2012 but, according to French, had always planned on moving.
Land at a yet-to-be-disclosed Melbourne location has already been earmarked for the shift, which will take place at the end of 2017.
French was recently in the United States, touring the Team Penske and Roush Yates Racing shops in Mooresville, North Carolina to help with plans for his team’s new facility.
A sand mining magnate and long-time racer, French has struck up a friendship with Penske president Tim Cindric, who gave the Australian the lay of the land.
“We’re building a new shop that needs to have more thought put into it about what our future needs will be for the next 10 years,” French said.
“Where we are now was originally built for two cars and we’ve now got six, which is really stretching it.
“It was great that the Penske guys offered to say ‘have a look at what we’ve done and get some ideas’.
“We want to build it our way so we can put our trucks inside and put all our dynos and everything where we want it.
“The only way you can do that is by sitting down with a blank page and planning it out.”
“It’ll be about a $15-18 million facility. It’ll be 10,000sqm, which is double what we have now.”
Construction of Prodrive’s new shop is scheduled to begin in January and be completed by October ahead of a move in the 2017/18 off-season.