Honda’s recreation of Ayrton Senna’s record-setting lap at Suzuka Circuit has won the Grand Prize at the 17th annual Japan Media Arts Festival. The multimedia project, titled “Sound of Honda / Ayrton Senna 1989″ combines a film, interactive website, and smartphone app to give users the experience of witnessing the legendary driver’s achievement 24 years ago.
Senna’s qualifying lap of 1:38:041 was, at the time, a new record for one of the most difficult circuits on the Formula 1 roster. The McLaren-Honda MP4/5 that he drove was a dominant force in F1 as well, winning 16 races and 23 pole positions in the two years it was in service.
The recreation took telemetry data from Senna’s McLaren-Honda MP4/5, including changes in throttle position, engine and vehicle speed during his run. The sound of the car’s wailing naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V10 was then recorded with the actual car, currently part of Honda’s Collection Hall, and played over an array of speakers placed around Suzuka Circuit.