KELLY RACING ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF FACILITY
Kelly Racing will undertake a significant expansion of its state-of-the-art facility in Braeside, Melbourne in 2010.
The expansion will allow the business to operate with all staff and departments housed under one roof at its spectacular facility, which will expand to more that 4000 square metres of undercover workspace.
The new manufacturing section of Kelly Racing will be behind the current workshop area and house all new facilities for the engine, composite, fabrication, paint and panel departments, which are currently housed in the Perkins Engineering facility just five kilometres away in Moorabbin.
The extension of Kelly Racing's premises is expected to be completed in 2011.
The new facilities will almost double the size of the team's headquarters, which even upon opening in March 2009 was touted as one of the most impressive facilities of its kind in Australia.
Todd Kelly will start the 2010 season with a brand new Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, and as that chassis is the very first to be built entirely at Kelly Racing's Braeside workshop, it has been given the chassis number 'KR001', with subsequent new cars to follow the new designation.
Todd Kelly explains that the expansion of Kelly Racing's facility is an important step forward for the operation and brings together the racing and manufacturing arms of the business.
"We did a pretty good job on a state-of-the-art racing facility in what we've got at Braeside and an extension of that is building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to support the racing," said Todd Kelly.
"So the new place is going to have a lot of thought put into it. The majority of the planning has been done.
"We want to do a panel preparation and spray booth area for the paint shop, a carbon fibre department, set-up a really good engine shop with all the dynos in the new facility and basically bring everything it takes to run a race team under the one roof.
"To have all the staff in one place will be a pretty important thing as well so we can't wait. It's going to be a lot of work but we can't wait to finally put the last finishing touches on it and get all the team under one roof.
"It's a big part of showing our guys how serious we are and letting everyone else see our plans and how ambitious we are in moving forward."
Rick Kelly said that the staff of Kelly Racing would have significant input into the final layout of the facility.
"When you work somewhere for a while you think of new ways to improve your work space," said Rick Kelly.
"So while we are building our new section of the workshop we are continually communicating with the manager of each department as to how they want us to build each area.
"The composite shop guys have helped a lot and had a lot of input into how we will build their area, and that's the same with the paint shop and every other part of the team.
"So the guys that work here have actually all designed their own department and they get to see that area get built, then begin working in it.
"That's an enormous thing and all of our guys are extremely excited to get input into the foundations of Kelly Racing as we build our team up."
Kelly Racing will unveil Jason Bargwanna's #11 entry this Wednesday before hitting the track with all four of its Commodores for the first official test day of the season at Winton Motor Raceway on Monday 8 February.
-source: kelly racing