Prodrive has achieved the highest accolade in the British motorsport industry after winning the Business of the Year Award at the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) Business Excellence awards.
The Banbury-based company says it is the world’s leading independent motorsport business, employing 500 people in the UK with nearly 400 at its headquarters by the M40. In 2017 the business won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a second consecutive FIA World Endurance Championship title with Aston Martin Racing.
In China, the company’s VW rally programme won more titles in the Chinese Rally Championship. Working with Aston Martin in Gaydon, Prodrive unveiled a new Vantage GTE race car, the culmination of two years’ work, and will unveil an all new Megane RX to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
2018 will be the first year it will compete in two FIA world championships and Prodrive will be the only business in the world to do so.
Tim Colchester, Prodrive Chief Operating Officer, said: “2017 was a very successful year for us on the race track and commercially. Receiving this accolade from your peers in the British motorsport industry is as important as winning on the race track or rally stage.”
The award also recognised how Prodrive transfers its motorsport technology and culture to help customers in the automotive, aerospace and marine sectors. More than half the company’s business is involved in developing advanced technologies.