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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

Rush The Movie

Rush The Movie

Rush The Movie

Big news for the last couple of years has been the upcoming Ron Howard film Rush, telling the story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda through the 1976 season.

Of course any F1 fan is well aware of the basic story, Hunt and Lauda share wins in the 76 Championship, and it looks like it’s going to be another championship for Lauda, but the season is disrupted when Lauda crashes and is almost killed at the Nurburgring. Lauda is given the last rites, but pulls through after being badly burnt, and within 6 weeks is back at the wheel of his Ferrari trying to save his season. With the points incredibly close at the last round in Japan Lauda has to make a choice between risking his life again, or pulling out of the race, leaving the door open for Hunt to take the title.

History cannot be changed, and we all know Hunt took the 76 championship, his only one, but the movie really digs into the story and shows the agonizing decisions that had to be made, and the huge amount of courage Lauda showed in not only cheating death, but in getting back into the car so soon with the injuries he was carrying.

I cannot even start to imagine the pain and suffering Lauda must have gone through. It’s one thing to get out of hospital and walk around the park after that sort of trauma, but to climb back into a Formula One car, pull down the belts tightly over the wounds, then race competitively while all the time getting thrown around in the cockpit just defies anything most of us will ever know. I certainly cannot imagine what it must have been like for him to even try to put a helmet on…

Enjoy the trailers below, and some of the making of clips.

Rush Trailer 1

Rush Trailer 2

Behind the scenes of Rush with interviews

US Speed Channels Will Buxton Interviews Ron Howard about Rush at the end of 2012 after filming had concluded.

More behind the scenes of Rush

Filing on location  for Rush

Amateur footage of the Rush Lauda crash re-creation

Rush filming on location at Snetterton in England

About Rush by Channel 10 Australia with Button and Webber

BBC F1 Documentary James vs Niki

If Formula One Teams Had VW Buses

Formla One 2013 Team VW Buses

Formla One 2013 Team VW Buses

If you have ever wondered what a Formula One Teams VW Bus would look like if they had them, wonder no longer, as we have scoured the far corners of the internet and found a complete set of VW Buses all decked out in the 2013 Formula One car liveries.

Why Useful Pixels have created this I have no idea, apart from they must be huge VW and Formula One fans, but the graphics are pretty cool and the idea is certainly way out there. Just the kind of off the wall stuff we like to find and bring to you.

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.

Neil Oatley Remembers the McLaren MP4-4

The McLaren MP4/4 was a very special Formula One Car. It was used by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in their 1988 season, and was by far the dominant car. It won 15 of the 16 races in that year, only missing out on the clean sweep due to a crash at Monza. Neil Oatley looks back on the car and tells a few of the stories associated with the 1988 season.

Lewis Hamilton Reviews McLaren F1 Steering Wheels

Over the years the Froemula One Steering Wheel has evolved. From the very basic no frills wheel used for so many years, through to today’s amazing, technology packed steering wheels.

In this video, Lewis Hamilton takes a walk through McLaren history, comparing the steering wheels that many of his McLaren Formula One predecessors used, to the one he uses today. A great look at how technology has changed F1 over the years.

Jenson Button McLaren Factory Tour

Shortly after Jenson Button joined McLaren he took the BBC reported Jake Humphries on a guided tour of the McLaren Technology Centre. Some good behind the scenes footage as they move around the various areas of the factory. Pity they would not allow filming in the simulator room.

Lewis Hamilton Tours the McLaren Factory

Watch as Lewis takes us on a tour around the McLaren Technology Centre, and actually stops off and has some interesting conversations with different people around the factory. A good insight into day to day life inside the McLaren F1 team.