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First look: Capita Symonds and Gerry Judah's Goodwood centrepiece

These are the first snaps of sculptor Gerry Judah’s centrepiece for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, which was held last weekend (28 June - 1 July)

The 60 tonne, trefoil knot-shaped artwork featured six historic Lotus Formula 1 cars and was designed with Capita Symonds’ structures team.

According to the practice, the lightweight monocoque installation had a triangular section with each of the three sides providing a ‘continuously variable curve developable surface’. The rigid, thin-shell structure had no internal framework or core making it 98 per cent ‘empty space’.

Bruno Postle of Capita Symonds, said: ‘This is the eighth year in a row that our team at Capita Symonds has engineered the Goodwood sculpture - and this year it [was]bigger, more daring and beautiful, and more spectacular than ever before.’

 

Factfile

The cars, which were strapped onto the sculpture, were genuine, ‘actually-been-raced’ examples from Lotus’s longstanding motorsport campaign.

· the green-and-yellow Type 32B, the car in which Jim Clark won the 1965 Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand;

· the red-and-white Type 49, in which Graham Hill raced to the F1 crown in 1968;

· the JPS-liveried Type 72, in which Emerson Fittipaldi became Formula One’s youngest champion in 1972;

· the black-and-gold Type 79, the ultimate ground-effect car responsible for Mario Andretti’s world title in 1978;

· the yellow Lotus 99T, the last Lotus driven by Ayrton Senna;

· the current Lotus grand prix car as driven by Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

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