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COVID-19 Update: Automotive & Motorsport Industry Aid For Medical Response



Specialist Motorsport operations including Prodrive and JRM Engineering have joined mainstream automotive manufacturers in allocating design, prototyping and production capacity to emergency supply of ventilations and other key medical equipment and components as part of the global response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

CORE Autosports are working with their supply chain to switch production capability of their workshops to face masks.

Formula one teams too are assisting the push to bolster worldwide supplies of much-needed specialist equipment.

Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Racing Point, McLaren and Williams are all involved in the effort too with rapid prototyping and production a key part of the response.

Mainstream automotive around the world also responding include Fiat who began converting one of its car plants in China to start making about one million masks a month two weeks ago.

General Motors, Ford and Tesla in the US, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB and Rolls Royce in the UK too have either agreed to support the effort or are assessing their capabilities to do so together with Nissan in Japan.

Ford is working with GE Healthcare and 3M to design modified respirators and ventilators. Ford has already started making transparent face shields, to complement existing protective gear for hospital staff.

Nissan is working with McLaren and aerospace company Meggitt, to develop a new medical ventilator.

The Mahindra Group in India is also looking to see how its factories could make ventilators.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus meanwhile has publicly offered its ex Highcroft Racing facility in Danbury, Connecticut, which had been in the process of conversion as the new production facility for its forthcoming 004 road car, to be handed over as a temporary hospital for regional health authorities during the current crisis.