North Carolina Matches Motorsports Industry with Local Commands
North Carolina officials have been working to connect companies involved in the motorsports racing industry with military commands resident in the state, with the ultimate goal of creating an industry cluster near Fort Bragg.
The state Department of Commerce recently helped the motorsports community reach a memorandum of agreement with Army Special Operations Command, headquartered at Bragg, reported National Defense magazine.
The marriage is intended to adapt the racing industry’s technologies for vehicle design and parts manufacturing with the military’s need to make vehicles lighter, faster, stronger and safer. The motorsports industry’s focus on refining existing vehicle designs rather than developing brand new ones is similar to the military’s approach.
The North Carolina Military Foundation is the state’s partner in growing North Carolina’s defense and homeland security industry.
One barrier to closer ties with the military is cost. Because the motorsports industry is relatively specialized and has a limited manufacturing capacity, its services typically are more expensive than those of traditional defense firms.