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Capita tells its Goodwood Story

8th June 2015



Capita is marking its 11th year of iconic sculptural engineering at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this month.

Since 2005 Capita’s architectural and engineering teams have been working with celebrated artist and sculptor Gerry Judah and metalwork specialists Littlehampton Welding to produce the breath-taking central sculptures erected on the lawn in front of Goodwood House, that thrill the crowds flocking to the world’s largest motoring garden party.

Each year the central sculpture marks key anniversaries and achievements of a different car manufacturer – with its design a closely-guarded secret until the event itself.  Mazda takes centre stage this year, celebrating its ‘Challenger Spirit’ with both the racing legends of its illustrious sporting past and the stylish cars of its current range, as well as its 95th company anniversary.

The Goodwood structures are a perfect fusion of art and engineering, constantly pushing the boundaries of physics and manufacturing whilst being practical and safe as the focal point of a major public event.

Capita’s head of engineering Peter Grove explains:

What you see is the whole thing, everything that suspends these iconic cars in space is load-bearing and there is never any structure hidden by superfluous cladding. Everything we do as a design team starts with an understanding of structure, materials, industrial processes and what can and can't be done. It simply isn't practical to conjure up a random shape on a drawing board or computer and expect it to be buildable. We use a wide range of software to create these shapes and often a custom script needs to be written to help us with complex geometry.

Peter Grove

Head of Engineering at Capita 

Over the next two weeks – leading up to the unveiling of the team’s latest creation at this year’s Festival of Speed (25-28 June) Capita will be sharing insight, images and video of the ten sculptures it has engineered since 2005 for prestigious car marques such as Lotus, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

We will also be hosting a day of events on Wednesday 17 June at London’s eclectic Hospital Club with displays, video and talks from the design team, culminating with an evening networking event for more than 150 clients and guests.

Follow us on social media from 10 June to find out more about the engineering behind the structures that are the talking point of every Festival of Speed and (if you’re not one of the 300,000+ attending this year’s event) be one of the first to see this year’s Mazda centrepiece on Friday 25 June, with unique insight into its design and construction.


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