Terra Firma is one of Europe’s leading private equity firms, raising long-term capital from a wide range of investors to buy and transform businesses in order to create value for stakeholders. Terra Firma was founded in 1994 and the name means ‘solid ground’, reflecting its consistent and distinctive approach to investment.
Co-founded by Gary Wright and Charlie Birkett, Y.CO is the challenger brand of the global superyacht industry. Pioneering innovation and bringing a new dynamic, modern approach to yachting, Y.CO specialises in sales, purchase, charter, management, new construction and refit from superyacht hubs worldwide. Founded in 2004 and built on a foundation of specialist knowledge, first-hand onboard experience and a passion for yachts and exploring the ocean, Y.CO enables Owners and charter Clients to experience the adventure of yachting at the highest possible levels of service. Y.CO is synonymous with its signature yellow livery: bright, positive, fun and enthusiastic. It's what we call Yellowessence.
Alpinestars is a leading manufacturer of professional racing products. It makes high-performance protective gear for motorsports including Formula One, NASCAR, MotoGP and Motocross. The company was started in 1963 by Sante Mazzarolo in Asolo, Italy. Today, it has offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo, as well as the original headquarters and main research and development facility in northern Italy.
Arai Helmet Ltd was founded in Tokyo, Japan by Hirotake Arai in 1905, but it wasn’t until 1952 that this family-run firm began supplying headgear to professional off-road motorcycle racers. The first world champion to use an Arai helmet was Freddie Spencer, winner of the 1983 World GP 500cc, and in the 1986/87 Formula One seasons, 26 of the 28 drivers wore Arai helmets. In 2005 carbon-fibre helmets became mandatory in F1, and Arai introduced the first one at that year’s French GP. Today, Arai remains a leader in innovative helmet technology for track and road, with every helmet still almost 100 per cent handmade.
Now in its seventh year, BRDC SuperStars is a well-established support programme for young British drivers competing across a range of disciplines. The SuperStars receive help with all aspects of motorsport including physical and mental training, career guidance, team-building skills, sponsorship advice, media and sales training, motorsport seminars and workshops with British Racing Drivers’ Club members.
High5 is a British sports nutrition products company run by athletes. Following the latest developments in sports science and using natural ingredients, High5 products are continually tested and receive athlete feedback. High5 is the on-course nutrition at more than 300 races and events in the UK. The company takes pride in having produced some of the very best sports nutrition products for over 20 years to help athletes reach their sporting objectives.
MSA Team UK is the pinnacle of the MSA Academy and comprises some of the country’s most promising drivers. Members benefit from regular input by MSA coaches including Le Mans winner David Brabham and former WRC co-driver Nicky Grist, as well as help on sports psychology and physical training. Visits to F1 factories, WRC teams and leading component suppliers provide an insight into the role of professional drivers.
For almost three decades Stefan Johansson has competed in international motorsport including F1, IndyCar and Le Mans. He is also an accomplished painter with several exhibitions to his name. He creates all the watches for his Stefan Johansson Vaxjo company, and has acted as a consultant on a number of race track design projects. He also runs his own driver management company.
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