Ever wondered what lies beneath the skin of a modern Formula One car? Now you can find out, thanks to a unique new art installation.
A stunning new F1 Exhibition is now open at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey, offering an unprecedented insight into motorsport technology past and present.
The centrepiece is a breathtaking artwork entitled “View Suspended II”, which displays a Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One car in the most visually spectacular and innovative way imaginable.
All of the components from a Mercedes GP Petronas racer, as driven by Michael Schumacher, have been meticulously arranged in the form of an “exploded” car at Mercedes-Benz World.
Created by Dutch artist Paul Veroude and curated by Artwise Curators, “View Suspended II” dramatically deconstructs the racing chassis to reveal its innermost secrets.
“The structure combines engineering and sculpture,” says Mercedes-Benz. “As a picture it would be attractive but as a physical entity it displays a Formula One car in the most visually stunning, innovative and exciting way imaginable.”
Combining engineering and sculpture, the piece comprises some 3,200 components, each suspended individually by wire from a purpose-built frame. The results have to be seen to be believed.
The striking work lays bare the chassis’ systems along with pieces from the engine, gearbox, braking systems and driver controls.
“It is fantastic to see ‘View Suspended II’ here at Mercedes-Benz World,” said Nick Fry, the CEO of Mercedes GP Petronas.”Formula One is watched by more than 580 million people worldwide. So to be able to see a racing car in this way is something very special and a unique look at the heart of the sport.”
Each of the parts on display was purpose-designed for F1. Comprising more than 90,000 man hours of design time, more than 200,000 man hours of manufacturing and utilising carbon-fibre, titanium, aluminium and magnesium, an F1 car weighs little more than 600kg.
Mercedes says 85 per cent of the volume of the car – the chassis, floor and almost all of the aerodynamic surfaces – is made from carbon-fibre, which accounts for only 30 per cent of the car’s mass.
In addition to “View Suspended II”, the F1 Exhibition features a selection of other racing cars, including a 2007 McLaren Mercedes.