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Jordan set to expand base as they change testing plans

JORDAN have announced that they are set to expand their headquarters at Silverstone and extend their wind tunnel facilities at Brackley.

The team will build two new levels at their Silverstone base, at an estimated cost of 100,000 (pounds), to enable an increased storage space for all components and to increase working areas for development.

At Brackley, Jordan plan to build more office space near the wind tunnel to accommodate more designers and aerodynamicists as Jordan bid to banish the memories of a poor 2000 season.

Jordan finished seventh in the constructors' championship and in a bid to make their new engine partnership with Honda work next season the team is planning to employ more staff and develop their facilities further in the long-term.

The team also announced that they have brought forward the start of their December testing and will now test at Silverstone on Friday, December 1.

The Silverstone test comes four days ahead of the scheduled work at Jerez, Spain as Jordan plan to test a 2000 chassis with a special Honda engine that is an interim version of the power-unit Jordan will use next season.

New test driver Ricardo Zonta will put the car through its paces alongside the team's drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli.

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