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Goodwood Festival of Speed's 2014 central feature unveiled

27th June 2014

The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed central feature has been unveiled, celebrating120 years of Mercedes-Benz in motorsport.

The sculpture - measuring 45 metres in length, rising 26 metres in the air and weighing 160 tonnes - was designed by artist Gerry Judah with structural engineering by Capita. The team - which has designed the central features for the past ten years - has created yet another breathtaking centrepiece for the Festival of Speed which, for the first time, reached over the top of Goodwood House. This year's Festival takes place 26-29 June.

Two cars spanning 80 years form an integral part of the sculpture; a replica of a 1934 Mercedes-Benz W 25 Silver Arrow, and a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W04 - the same chassis raced by Lewis Hamilton in 15 Grands Prix in 2013. Together, the W25 and the F1 W04 show the first - and currently last - of the eight-cylinder Silver Arrows Grand Prix racers.

Image courtesy of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Click on the image below to find out more about how we engineered this year's sculpture

The construction is an extension of the steel monocoque shell technique we have been developing in-house over the last few years, this time we applied a false-perspective 3D homography transformation that makes the arch appear thinner at the back than it really is...

Bruno Postle

Bruno Postle

Structural engineer, Capita


Find out more about the history of the Festival of Speed central sculpture

View a video about the development of this year's central sculpture

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