Friday May 11th, 2001
The Arrows Formula One team last week became the owner of the DERA wind tunnel at Bedford. Built by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency to perform tests on high speed aircraft and rockets, the tunnel is recognised as being the best in Europe, due to its air flow quality.
"We heard that the Home Office were getting ready to sell so straight away we put in a bid," said Aerodynamics Dept Production Manager Graham Sprowell. "Arrows weren't the only team bidding, as we knew there were two other F1 teams in the frame.
"There has been a massive effort put in by Arrows and the Home Office to come to a mutually agreeable price and make the deal work."
Major development plans are now afoot to refurbish the facility, which when complete, will house the model shop, pattern shop, machine shop and a full CAD office as well as being the permanent base for the aerodynamics team.