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

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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.’

 

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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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