Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub (SSEH) are pleased to announce that Richard Harrington, Chief Executive Officer for Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership will officially open SSEH on Tuesday 10th September at 1pm.

Richard said: “We are delighted to be supporting this exciting innovation hub at the heart of the Silverstone High Performance Technology Cluster, to fire innovation, business productivity and growth for the local economy.”

SSEH was awarded £2m of local growth funds in 2018 to develop a new 26,000 sq ft state-of-the-art sports engineering innovation centre at Silverstone Park. Situated within the Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, SSEH is a research, development and business incubation centre for high-performance cycling and sports.

Minister of State for Local Growth, the Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, said: “We are committed to levelling up our regions and boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK. Silverstone is world famous for bringing sporting excellence and technology together through motorsport. Now, thanks to £2 million investment from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, the new Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub will boost innovation in other sports including high-performance cycling, support businesses to grow and bring jobs to the local area.”

The Hub was created by the Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) experts TotalSim. Through their extensive experience working with Team GB and other elite athletes they discovered a need for affordable, bespoke sports engineering tools.

TotalSim and SSEH Director Rob Lewis commented: “Tapping into the world class high-tech skills pool around Silverstone enables us to create a unique innovation incubator for companies in sports engineering and services which we predict will have global appeal.”

He added: “If we can pool the right things together then we believe that organisations will come from around the world to take advantage of the facility – thereby helping to put the UK at the forefront of the development of aerodynamic technologies.

“In fact this could be the start of a whole series of ventures around Silverstone to do with sports science, engineering and education.”

The goal of the hub is not to solve a companies engineering problems, but provide an environment and the tools to facilitate innovation and product development related to sport.

The facilities within the Hub are:

  • Sports Performance Wind Tunnel, suitable for full scale testing of many sports including cycling, winter and para sports.
  • Fabric Development Wind Tunnel, designed to allow testing of fabrics in a highly controlled and repeatable environment to test performances including drag.
  • 3D scanning, with access to the latest 3D scanning tools to help capture equipment and athletes geometries quickly and accurately.
  • Offices and workshop spaces available to rent on a mid to long term basis.

The official opening will be followed by an Open Day Event 2.30pm-6.30pm. To find out more, or to register interest in attending the Open Day Event please contact openday@silverstonesportshub.co.uk  

Note to editors

TotalSim Ltd are a leading CFD and aerodynamics consultancy, providing fluid flow analysis and engineering solutions, product development and support to a range of engineering and manufacturing sectors. They also provide additional services related to all aspects of CFD including training, development, supply of hardware, 3-D scanning and aero acoustic services.

The Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Bucks LEP) is a business-led ‘partnership of equals’ between local government and the private sector, building the conditions for sustainable economic growth in the County.