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.
The Sound of Honda, a Ayrton Senna Tribute
The behind the scenes video