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Motorsport Teams & Suppliers could be eligible for R&D Tax Credits

Claiming R&D Tax Credits for Motorsport teams and suppliers 

Times are very challenging for the Motorsport community, with all activities being cancelled and work grinding to a halt. We have had difficult conversations with some of our clients who are very concerned about the future, but at least we have been able to help them process R&D claims as fast as possible.

A large part of the industry is still unaware that this crucial funding is available to them by claiming tax credits through your corporation tax. If you are a limited company and have a full year's trading accounts, you may well be eligible for the scheme.

We have helped teams in the British Superbike Championship claim tax credits of more than £500,000 over the last two years. We are very knowledgeable of Motorsport in general and how the activities your team or company are undertaking may well qualify for R&D tax credits, even if you might not think so.


What activity qualifies?

To qualify a business needs to be seeking an advance in technology within its industry, with technological uncertainty evident in how to achieve it. This can be difficult to identify, but the simplest way to look at it is to ask yourself what technology and knowledge would you not want your competitors to know? Some motorsport examples could be:

  • Fuel or oil surge issues when converting a road vehicle for racing. New and previously unseen baffle designs resulting from this would qualify.
  • Nontrivial and non-routine changes to the suspension components to increase tyre life. For bike racing this could be all new triple clamp designs, or significant changes to the rear linkage geometry.
  • Development of electronic control systems. This could be where the original electronics and rider/driver aids must be removed to meet the regulations of the championship and replaced by a spec ECU. New protocols need to be developed to allow the new ECU to send and receive the correct signals to the engine and other systems.
  • Where the integration of one component resulted in unexpected problems elsewhere in the vehicle, requiring further development activity in the original or in the ‘new’ area.

What does not qualify?

  • Routine testing and integration of parts where the outcome would be expected. For example, changing the exhaust system for a ‘factory’ version where it was already known in the public domain that it would increase the power output.
  • Testing a series of off the shelf components to determine which is the best one.
  • Fine tuning suspension using known geometry and settings (tweaking)
  • Routine engine tuning and refreshes. Fitting a new camshaft and gas flowing the cylinder head would be considered ‘business as usual’ activity.
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R&D Tax Credits for Motorsport - How much could we receive?

The scheme can be very generous with up to 33% of qualifying expenditure being returned as a tax credit for loss making companies. Yes, even if you are loss making (to any extent) you can still receive a cash credit. We have secured cash credits in excess of £100,000 for some of our loss making clients.

How long will it take?

We have a very flexible approach to collecting the information and we do not expect you to prepare anything in advance. We have a conversation with you to determine the technical activity (usually a couple of hours). We work with your accountants to collect the financial information, so you have very little to do in terms of collation. Once collated, we discuss the costs with you to determine which qualifies for the scheme.

Once we have collected the necessary technical and cost information from you (this usually takes us 1-2 weeks), the claim is submitted to HMRC and you should receive payment from HMRC within six weeks.

We are huge Motorsport fans and do not want the sport we love to fail in these challenging times, so please get in touch with us to see if your company can qualify for this funding.

Contact Us

Please contact us and we will have a conversation with you to determine whether your company could be eligible for R&D Tax Credits.


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