Senna at Suzuka: Time For Tea?


Of all the ghosts of Grand Prix racing it's arguable Ayrton Senna's looms largest, at least in recent memory. And ghostly is the only real way to describe this tribute to the great man by Honda, based on the eery combination of some archived Senna telemetry from a lap of Suzuka and a load of lights and speakers laid around the same.

Now, whether they actually did this or not, the illusion of Senna's ghost driving around Suzuka at night, relayed through a chain of speakers and lights and using revs and gear changes matched to his real telemetry is a fantastically bold idea and a fabulous tribute to his enduring legend.

Suspend your disbelief, immerse yourself fully in the experience and look forward to the return of Honda-powered McLarens in the not too distant future. And if this has whetted your appetite and there's enough tea in the pot for a top-up you can revisit our previous Senna-based Time For Tea? offerings here and here. Go on, it's Friday.

[Source: Honda, with a tip of the hat to AxisOfOversteer, Photo: LAT Photographic]

 

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  • cliffie 31 Jul 2013

    No goosebumps, no emotional triggers and no bringing the ghost of Senna for me.

    I spent the entire film waiting for it to start then noticed it was nearly over and thought it was a hugely expensive waste of marketing budget.

    Sorry guys and gals; I do emotional, just not this time.

  • Dog Star 30 Jul 2013

    vincegail said:
    Here's the lap they recreated:
    http://vimeo.com/10427952
    Christ - that looks "raw" and really brutal compared to modern on board stuff. Check out the braking at the chicane just near the end. Fantastic stuff.

  • FlavaDave 29 Jul 2013

    What? Is this an article?

  • Janesy B 29 Jul 2013

    Bit boring really.

  • havoc 29 Jul 2013

    Goosebumps here...lovely concept, would have liked to see the full lap too, but that was definitely worth watching.

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