David CameronUK – The 3,800 sq.m R&D site in Grove, Oxfordshire, is the result of an £8m investment by the company over the past two years. The workshop has Formula One-inspired build bays which can be used for one-off projects or low-volume production and will accommodate up to 250 design engineers.

At the opening ceremony attended by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Group CEO Mike O’Driscoll commented: “Williams’ diversification programme has achieved much over the past few years and from here I expect Williams Advanced Engineering to make rapid progress.”

He added: “Improving energy efficiency is an important global concern and we are confident that Williams has the unique know-how and resources to play an important role in tackling this issue.”

The company focuses on delivering energy-efficient performance in four key areas: hybrid power systems and electronics; dynamics; lightweight materials and aerodynamics.