Yesterday, the 11th of February, we headed down to the home of British motorsport for a track day in support of Mission Motorsport, the forces’ motorsport charity. Arriving early at a deceptively sunny Silverstone we parked the Fiesta ST and found brand ambassador Tom Onslow Cole in our Tesla Model 3. The carpark in the shadow of the Silverstone Wing was filled with a mixture of modern and classic, road and race with a refreshing range of cars that would each offer a unique experience for the charity’s beneficiaries. One run they may have been passenger for a lap in a Ferrari 488, come back into the pits and be picked up by a Citroen C2 race car. With an array of vehicles ready to give their all around the GP track, the charities guests were given the opportunity to experience the same lap in a distinctive way each time they left the pits.
Mission Motorsport provides those affected by military operations with opportunities to have experiences such as track days whilst also doing crucial work to make the transition from military to civilian life as smooth as possible. Providing access to potential employers, chances to compete in motorsport and most importantly contact with peers and professionals that understand their experiences. Whether it’s driving, managing or engineering, motorsport is harnessing the healing potential of competition in a way that no other form of sport can. Engineering provides a platform to adapt each component of the process to be accessible to everyone, all the way down to the car itself. The charities’ calendar is filled with events that provide fun and a well-earned break. This, paired with the addition of companies that can provide employment, education or even an artistic outlet for the former-military personnel in attendance is an invaluable . One of which was Tesla, who soon recruited our Model 3 Performance for their stand in the pitlane.
Milltek Sport was invited to come down to meet the servicemen and women, along with their families and with us we brought the incredible Fiesta ST Performance Edition and the Model 3. In the hands of Tom Onslow Cole, the Fiesta proved to be a favourite with the beneficiaries lucky enough to get ride with the GT Open Pro-Am champion, returning to the pits with wide smiles after embarrassing the likes of Porsche’s out on track. With a combination of our GPF-delete and Stage-1 remap on the Fiesta was up there with the most exciting vehicles out on track, and certainly got the most sideways! The Tesla also headed out on track for some sporadic laps, Tom enthused over his surprise of how good the Model 3 felt out on track, remarking how pointy the front-end was and how it didn’t feel as heavy as the stat sheet suggested. The Active-Sound system grabbed the attention of both the guests and the Tesla employees who are already eyeing up an upgrade for their own cars.
Barring an abrupt hailstorm or three the day was a roaring success, it was great to get to meet so many of the amazing people who protect our country and to be able to pay them back, even in this small way was a pleasure. If you or anyone you know could benefit from the support that Mission Motorsport provides, or maybe you would like to volunteer for an event like a track day, head over to the Mission Motorsport website which is https://www.missionmotorsport.org .