… especially for Sam
Formula One™ – The Great Design Race will have 9 cars on display – so I thought I’d give you a taster of what you’ll see when you come. Of course an image on a blog doesn’t come close to seeing the real thing!
This car seriously rocks – it dominated the 1988 season, and of course owes some of its success to its driver, the legendary Ayrton Senna. Together they won the Drivers’ Championship for that year.
Alain Prost drove the other MP4-4 that year. The team racked up 15 out of 16 Grand Prix wins, 10 second places, 15 pole positions, 10 fastest laps, and the Constructors’ Championship…phew!
So what was its advantage? Well, Senna and Prost were mighty fine drivers but it was also partially due to the car’s turbocharged Honda RA168E V6 engine which deliver up to 900 bhp. 1988 was the final year that turbocharged engines were permitted in Formula One.
You can come and see this beastie here at Te Papa from July 15.