The Blair Project: Low Carbon NW Motorsport Hub
There are plans to develop the North West into a low carbon motorsport hub, with associated potential supplier opportunities for regional companies
Developing the North West region as a low carbon motorsport hub is the big strategy behind the Blair Project, a social enterprise which, at a more tactical level, is looking to support young people from families without large reserves of money to progress to a career in motorsport – via electric kart racing.
The project has the backing of Enrique Scalabroni, former F1 Technical Director at Ferrari, Lotus and Williams. Enrique will help the organisation to support gifted young drivers, mechanics and engineers from disadvantaged families to progress to the highest level of motorsports.
Partnerships and collaborations are key to the project’s success, and Enrique has begun working on the design of electric racing karts with another partner company of The Blair Project to make competitive racing accessible to young people in cities. Manchester City Council would like to build a new international karting track in Sport City, and cleaner, quieter karts will be crucial to this.
The long term goal is to develop England’s North West as a global motorsports hub for electric formula racing, to rival Silverstone, working with local partners such as Jaguar Land Rover and Bentley to develop the technical knowledge, skills and regional supply chains to support this ambitious vision.
In addition to elite driver development, the Blair Project will combine motorsports with education, leadership, and job-skills development and training to create the talent-pool of apprentices for tomorrow, and raise levels of aspirations, achievement and attainment in disadvantaged communities.