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The Sound of Honda Senna Tribute

The Sound of Honda. Ayrton Senna Suzuka 1989

The Sound of Honda. Ayrton Senna Suzuka 1989

Honda have released the video below as a tribute to their favorite Formula One Son, Ayrton Senna. It’s been 19 years now since that fateful day in Imola, and we have witnessed many Formula One drivers come and go, and even the supreme reign of Michael Schumacher, his retirement, and then his second F1 career, but in all that time there has never been another Ayrton Senna. Yes, Michael would do anything to win, and yes Vettel seems cast from the same mold, but neither of them are Senna.

The tribute is unusual and unique. Sound technicians placed speakers all around the Suzuka track, along with identification lighting to mark the position of the car on the track, then when night fell, the sound of Ayrton’s spectacular  Suzuka lap was replayed in real time, sounding like he was once again taking that lap around Sukuka. Pretty amazing stuff, and a tribute only fit for a legend.

The first video is the actual lap, while the second one shows a lot about what went into making it all possible and the setup. Unfortunately the behind the scenes video is in Japanese only, but if you watch it the pictures tell the story, and there is even a rare look at the original telemetry printouts from Sennas lap that helped to re-create this amazing lap.

Enjoy!

The Sound of Honda, a Ayrton Senna Tribute

The behind the scenes video

McLaren MP12C

The McLaren MP4-12C

The McLaren MP4-12C

Ron Dennis has always had a vision of turning McLaren into one of the great supercar manufacturers of the world to rival companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini. First it was the McLaren F1, then the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, in conjunction with Mercedes, and now the second fully designed and built by McLaren  Supercar, the MP4-12C.

McLaren Automotive is the road going division of the McLaren Group of companies. They unveiled the Frank Stephenson design in late 2009, and the car itself was launched in 2011. The MP4-12C has a carbon fibre composite chassis, and has the McLaren built M838T 3.8 litre V8 twin turbo engine powering it. The engine develops 616 brake horsepower and has around 443 foot pounds of torque.

The power is sent to the wheels through a seven speed F1 style seamless shift dual clutch gearbox, and is packed with Formula One technologies like brake steer, where the inside rear wheel automatically brakes a little during hard cornering to reduce understeer.

The video below is an hour long documentary about the McLaren MP4-12C and how it is built.

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear UK track tests the McLaren MP4-12C

Car and Driver on an exended road test with the McLAren MP4-12C

A different look inot the tech of the MP4-12C by CNet Car Tech

Autocar in the UK tests the MP4-12C Spider

Martin Brundle Drives Murray Walker Around Silverstone

Martin Brundle takes Murray Walker for a ride around SIlverstone in the McLaren 2 seat Formula One Car

Martin Brundle takes Murray Walker for a ride around SIlverstone in the McLaren 2 seat Formula One Car

Formula One viewers from around the world are familiar with Martin Brundle, former Tyrrell, Zakspeed, Williams, Brabham, Benetton, Ligier, McLaren and Jordan Formula One driver between 1984 and 1996, and then F1 commentator for the BBC and now Sky Sports in the UK form 1997 through to the current season.

Martin for a good part of his BBC commentating career was paired with longtime British Formula One Commentating legend Murray Walker. For those not familiar with Murray, here is his bio. Affectionately known as “Muddly Talker” Murray is famous for his commentating gaffs and mixups, but is also one of the foremost Formula One authorities around.

Back in 1998 the opportunity arose for Martin to take Murray for a ride in the McLaren Two Seat Formula One ride car so Murray could experience a F1 car at speed for himself.

McLaren built the two seater in 1998 as a way for VIP’s and non F1 drivers to experience a F1 car for real at speed. It was designed and built by McLaren cars, designated the MP4-98T by a team led by Barry Lett, with obviously a lot of help from the F1 team. The car was a huge success, offering an unparalled experience for the passenger who although sitting up higher than and behind the driver could still see the road ahead. The car had in excess of 700 brake horsepower and was powered by the same engine as the 1998 McLaren F1 race cars, and significantly it’s power to weight ratio and handling was very similar to the single seat F1 cars, achieved by essentially replacing the big fuel tank of the race cars with the passenger cockpit, and only carrying enough fuel for a few laps.

Enjoy the video, it’s a classic bit of F1 history where two commentators talk you around the laps live form the cockpit.

Courage 50 Years of McLaren

Courage - Bruce McLaren Tribute

Courage – Bruce McLaren Tribute

The McLaren Formula One Team is 50 years old, and to celebrate it they produced this great tribute video to Bruce McLaren and his legacy.

Life is not measured in years alone,
but in achievement

In only3 minutes it gives a great insight into the man that Bruce McLaren was, and clues as to why his legacy lives on so long after his death. The videos title “Courage” says it all.

Bruce started his team way back in 1963 and is credited with a number of innovations that are still used to this day on modern Formula One cars. He was one of the modern day pioneers of motorsport worldwide.

Ayrton Senna and the Honda NSX

Ayrton Senna and the Honda NSX

Ayrton Senna and the Honda NSX

We all know that Aryton Senna was involved in the creation of the Honda NSX, helping Honda to refine the car and make it one of the worlds true supercars of the time.

Watch the video below, taken at the press day for the unveiling of the all new NSX at the Suzuka F1 Circuit. As an added bonus they included a footwell cam, so you can see him working the pedals as well as the steering wheel. The sheer car control and commitment is incredible. It’s a road car, a a press day, yet you can clearly see him pushing the limits both into and out of the corners, and even on the limit braking. If you think he was taking it easy, watch his foot as it slams to the floor on the throttle, and watch the tacho!

Bruce McLarens Legacy

Bruce McLarens Legacy

Bruce McLarens Legacy

Join Tyler Axexander and Gordon Coppuck, themselves, two legends in McLaren history as they discuss working with Bruce McLaren and the time immediately following Bruce’s death in a Can-AM testing accident at Goodwood in 1970.

The video also features the starting up of a McLaren M8 inside the McLaren Technology Centre. Some interesting stories from two guys who were there in the early days of McLaren.

Bruce McLaren Remuera Racer

Remuera is a suburb of Auckland City in New Zealand, where Bruce McLaren grew up and spent most of his life before heading overseas to race, so it’s a fitting name for a 60 minute tribute DVD put together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his death in 1970.

This spectacular video, highlighting Bruce’s life and his racing achievements is available at the Throughtout The Gears Website. Below is the trailer for the DVD.

Bruce McLaren Describes Mosport

A great piece of video featuring Bruce McLaren himself explaining a lap of the Canadian Mosport circuit. Some great Can-Am footage from 1966 is also mixed in showing the various corners as Bruce talks his way around the track. A classic piece of film featuring Bruce McLaren himself.

In addition, below is a 9 minute video covering the 1966 Can-Am race at Mosport. Bruce McLaren had won it in 1964, and was looking to repeat in 1966. Chris Amon plus all the other stars of the Can-Am series are also featured in this timeless piece for video.

Ayrton Senna Rally Driver

Way back in 1986 Ayrton Senna actually spent some time in the Welsh forests testing a range of Rally Cars. Who knows, he may have gone on to a rally career after his days in F1. His test day included a 4×4 Sierra, Escort Cosworth and MG Metro 4 wheel drive car.

Ayrton Senna Indycar Driver

In 1992 Ayrton Senna was contemplating what he would do for the next phase of his career, and as part of that process he ended up at Firebird Raceway in December 1992 testing a Penske Indycar, alongside Emmerson Fittipaldi.