Oxford sits at the centre of a £6bn automotive cluster, which has been dubbed ‘Motorsport Valley’. BMW Mini are a major industrial employer and Plant Oxford accounts for nearly half of citywide industrial space. According to BMW, 80% of Minis are exported, playing an important role in the UK’s balance of trade.
Since production of new MINI started in 2001, more than 2.5 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford. The plant's heritage spans 100 years of automotive manufacturing history, and the Cowley site has become a landmark in the city. BMW, have invested over £1.5 billion in the car plant in Oxford over the past ten years.
Three Formula 1 teams are also based in the county. This cutting edge expertise is supported by 4,000 high performance engineering companies in the wider area, providing a range of specialist offerings that enable those engaged in motorsport to compete effectively on the world stage.
The University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University provide around 2,000 1st and Higher Degree qualifiers in science and technology based subjects. Oxford Brookes University delivers a range of degrees in automotive and motorsport technologies in a £9 million purpose-built Engineering Centre.