MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A new employer is headed to Martinsville this weekend.
On Saturday, May 1, Radical Sportscars — a racecar manufacturer based in the United Kingdom —will be open their U.S. sales office in Patrick Henry Community College’s Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology (MET) Complex on Motorsports Drive.
Initially, Radical Sportscars anticipates the sales office to be utilized by up to four company officials.
Radical Sportscars is considered a world-class leader in the production and export of its own designed and manufactured racing cars and track cars sold to markets around the world. Formed in 1987, the company has produced over 2,300 racing cars to date.
“The USA is our largest market by far, accounting for over 50% of all new vehicle sales worldwide that are sold through a well-established network of partners, based across North America, who are the jewels in the Radical Crown. In order to properly service their needs and the needs of our customers it was vital to be present in the USA and with the immense help, support, and guidance we have received in Martinsville-Henry County VA, we are delighted that this long-held strategic ambition has become a reality that will over time develop into a manufacturing, distribution, technical and marketing centre for all Radical Sportscars activities throughout North America.”Joe Anwyll, Radical Sportscars CEO
The Tobacco Commission assisted with this project through its Foreign Direct Investment program and has provided grant funds for Patrick Henry Community College’s MET Complex, including funds to assist with the renovation of the MET II complex where Radical Sportscars will be located.
Motorsports Technology at Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) Racing College of Virginia provides a full-service, hands-on education in high-performance racing engines and chassis fabrication. PHCC Motorsports students work with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, which allows them to build racecars and see how they perform on the racing circuit.
The successful program played an important role in attracting Radical Sportscars to the MET complex. The company has noted they will likely hire PHCC Racing College graduates in the future.
“Martinsville-Henry County has a rich history of motorsports and [Thursday’s] announcement continues that tradition,” said Jim Adams, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors. “From Martinsville Speedway to the PHCC motorsports program and now to Radical, we continue to set the pace for high performance. Whether it’s racing, engineering, building cars or training the workforce, Henry County truly has it all.”