F1 teams to produce ventilators in response to coronavirus pandemic

24 Mar 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Formula 1 teams are aiming to turn their expertise and manufacturing capabilities to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by supplying new medical equipment in response to the government’s call for engineering companies to help produce respirators for NHS intensive care units.

A number of UK-based teams will liaise with medical suppliers in order to help the efforts to aid the NHS in dealing with the crisis.

Formula 1 said in a statement: “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.

“The teams are working in collaboration with Formula 1, the UK Government and other organisations to establish the feasibility of the teams producing, or supporting the production of, medical devices to help in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

“All the teams have expert design, technology and production capabilities, and specialise in rapid prototyping and high value manufacturing, which is hoped can be applied to the critical needs set out by Government.

“Working with Innovate UK, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult team and UCL and University College London Hospitals, the teams are evaluating a number of routes in conjunction with existing manufacturers and organisations from the aerospace and automotive sectors.