Fan Centre set for Silverstone

Fans of Formula One are set for a treat, with a new tourist centre being built at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone.

Whilst fans can already take tours of the McLaren F1 team’s testing buildings and factory in Caterham, there is very little to entertain them at Silverstone (apart from when the cars are flying round the track). Thankfully all this is about to change, with the announcement that Silverstone have agreed planning and funding for a new £20 million purpose-built F1 museum.

If you ever wondered what it would be like to drive Jackie Stewart’s 1971 Formula One car, or even Nigel Mansell’s from the 1990s, then you will be pleasantly surprised – the main interactive elements of the museum focus on giving fans the experience of driving cars in the actual races, using state-of-the-art simulators.

Fans will also be able to pretend they are part of the current F1 set up, with games and headsets allowing you to control your team as the manager from the track-side, as well as practice their pit-crew speeds, with some brilliant prizes being put up for grabs by the Formula One teams for whichever pit-crew manages the fastest changeovers!

You’ll also get to see the latest odds on your team winning and experience the thrill of laying and placing online bets.

The centre has been part-funded by the National Lottery, who has a commitment to preserving and making local heritage accessible to as many people as possible. £9 million is coming from them, with a further £11m being donated by benefactors, and loaned to Silverstone by the banks.

The tourist centre should open in June 2014.