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The Red Bull Energy Station

Coming back to Europe for the European Formula One season means it’s time for all of the Formula One teams to move their portable motorhomes/buildings from race to race.

Red Bull as you would expect have one of the biggest and trendiest motorhomes in the Formula One Paddock, aptly names the Red Bull Energy Station. Watch as Natalie Pinkham of Sky Sports in the UK takes a tour of this truly amazing structure.

 

Building the McLaren Brand Centre F1 Motorhome

The McLaren Brand Centre

The McLaren Brand Centre

It’s difficult to call the McLaren Formula One teams Brand Center a Motorhome, but that is what Formula One Motorhomes have evolved into.

 

This video shows the huge amount of work that goes into building the modern Formula One Motorhome.  Watch as the crew moves all the pieces into place and assembles the whole structure.

 

The Ferrari Motorhome Err Palace

The Ferrari Motorhome

The Ferrari Motorhome

A rare look behind the scenes at the 2010 Ferrari Motorhome that travels to the European rounds of F1 these days. Describing it as a motorhome really does it no justice, it’s more like a portable multi storey palace. Watch as Fernando Alonso himself takes us on a tour lasting over 6 minutes, moving form room to room explaining what the function of each on is. Unfortunately it is not in English, but will well worth a look as you can figure out most of what the rooms are for.

Watch as Fernando moves from the reception area, through to the cafe, peeks into the marketing offices, shows the various meeting rooms and engineers offices, a full kitchen where he runs into Massa, the drivers storage area, sponsor lounge/dining area, his own office/private area, Massas office/private area, team managers office, then finally up yet another level to more lounge areas complete with a fooseball tables. He ends outside on the balcony giving panaramic views out across the rest of the Formula One Paddock.

Truly an impressive home away form home with no expense or comfort spared. Even the decor is amazing with huge tv screens all around , and amazing Ferrari graphics and pictures all over the place.

The F1 Motorhomes 2008 and Now

Here are two short 1 minute videos looking at the Motorhomes in the Formula One Paddock back in 2008 and again during the 2010 season. Some have remained about the same with a few additions, while a few more have been completely replaced with even bigger and better versions, truly mobile palaces, and feats in portable building engineering.

2008

And Updated in 2010

McLarens new Motorhome

The all new McLaren Brand Centre at it's first race the Brisih Grand Prix July 2007The British Grand Prix this weekend sees the introduction of a new “Motorhome” in the F1 paddock. Named the McLaren Brand Centre, this new “Motorhome” conforms to the FIA’s height and width requirements for “Motorhomes”, but any comparison to a real Motorhome should stop right there.

If people in the US think Motorhome, the NASCAR version immediately pops to mind, some sort of driven vehicle, or more precisely, a palace on wheels, where drivers or other team people can seek refuge form the outside world. These Motorhomes are usually all decked out with the latest in cool technology and gadgets, and are a home away form home. When talking about Motorhomes in F1 terms, we are no longer talking about anything that can be driven, we are talking about full on portable building structures, really, multi level buildings that are moved from race to race, and seen usually only at the European events due to the transportation costs.

McLaren set the standard in 2002 with the introduction with the “Communications Centre”, but it seems that the state of the art structure has now been superseeded by this newer, bigger (maybe even faster) version. Below are some of the specs of the new McLaren Brand Center, pretty impressive for a “Motorhome”.

 

The Brand Centre:

  • will appear at all the European Formula 1 races.
  • will take approximately 20 people two days to erect.
  • is three stories high and within the parameters set by Formula 1 Management.was designed and built by Bischoff+Scheck based in Baden Baden in Germany.
  • has a 13.5 metres environmentally friendly solar glass façade at the front.
  • has nine 63 inch plasma screens to ensure optimum presentation of images and data.
  • has a total of four meeting rooms – one with video conferencing facilities and eight offices.has separate rooms for Fernando and Lewis to relax in with state-of-the-art wireless games consoles linked between rooms, MP3-docking stations and showers etc.
  • cost has been covered by the three main parties in the team; Vodafone, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz and its cost will be absorbed over five years.
  • has 20 office spaces for marketing and media workers, in addition to wireless network throughout the facility.

The French Grand Prix last weekend was the last appearance of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Communications Centre in the Formula 1 paddock The Communications Centre made its debut at the 2002 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola and at the time, a three-year lifespan was targeted. However after 53 race weekends it’s now time to move on.

During its operation the Communications Centre:

  • at the European Formula 1 races it hosted 53 editions of the “Meet the Team” press briefing where drivers and team management answered approximately 636 questions.
  • in its five and half seasons, it provided a base for the team’s drivers’ David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen, Juan Pablo Montoya, Pedro de la Rosa, Alexander Wurz, Gary Paffett, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton.
  • provided approximately 5000 breakfasts, lunches and dinners – causing the average journalist to gain 1.5 kgs in weight per season!!!
  • has travelled 86,731 kilometres.