• Jul 19, 2006
The Honda Racing F1 car is made up of 3,200 individual parts, and if you go the the British International Motor Show this week or next, you'll be able to see every single one. Literally.

That's because Dutch artist Paul Veroude has seemingly worked magic with his exhibit called "View Suspended," in which each and every part of the car is suspended from above, creating a living exploded technical diagram. As awed as we are by the photographs of the display, we can only imagine how impressive it looks in person. Everything down to the smallest little screw is hanging in suspended animation.

Manufacturers always strive to have interesting displays at autoshows, whether they be safety demonstrations, cutaways, or other imaginative ploys to generate visitor interest. With "View Suspended," it's a safe bet that Honda will be capturing the attention and imagination of every single person who walks by it. It's just that cool.

Click on any photo to enlarge it. It's the best way to get a sense of the painstaking effort and incredible attention to detail that went into this piece.

(Additional photos, info after the jump)

[Source: Honda]

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Honda Racing F1 'View Suspended'

View Suspended is a stunning art installation created from the thousands of parts that make up a Honda Racing F1 car.

The amazing display was created especially for the event by Dutch artist Paul Veroude. Each of the 3200 parts of the Formula 1 car are suspended on fine wires to produce a 3D 'exploded diagram' that allows race fans the chance to get closer than ever to the engineering secrets of the world's most technically-advanced sport.

Honda first recognised Veroude's talents two years ago, when Artwise Curators, who develop art projects with the Honda team, came across a museum exhibition of his deconstructed vehicles. Paul then got his first opportunity to get close up and personal with a Honda Racing F1 car during a visit to Silverstone. His passion for the sport and the Honda Racing F1 Team's engineering expertise catalysed a very special work of art.

For Paul, the opportunity to work with a top F1 team was the realisation of a life long ambition. For the Honda Racing F1 Team, the collaboration provided a unique opportunity to share the secrets of their success with fans.

Deputy Technical Director at Honda Racing, Gary Savage, took a personal interest in the project: "After meeting Paul we were keen to work with him to develop the installation and showcase our work. We know from our own experience, when we do drawings ourselves, exploded diagrams are very popular with people - you can see how things go together. This is a combination of engineering and sculpture - if you did it as a picture it would be very attractive but as a 3D thing it is even more stunning. It shows off our car in a very exciting and innovative way."

Honda's Head of Car Marketing, Jeff Dodds says: "The first time we saw View Suspended, we knew it would be perfect for the London Motor Show. It's creative, imaginative and a must see for visitors to the Honda stand. I can't think of a better expression of Honda's passion for F1 and engineering."


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      • 8 Years Ago
      One word: Awesome! Leave it up to Honda to pull off something like that.

      A couple years ago at the NAIAS, FoMoCo had a real-life cutaway of a GT. I spent a good hour studying it. I could spend damn near a whole day staring at this Honda F1 exhibit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Even if Honda isn't leading edge F1, it still is a thousand time more sophisticated than NASCAR.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is disappointing to see a plagiarised idea getting so much interest and being desribed as original. Stefan Sous has been creating exploded suspended cars and other objects since 1992. See "taxi", "explosion" , " berliner luftpost", "buffet déplacé" for example at www.stefansous.com. Sadly his original idea has already been famously plagiarised by Damian Ortega.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now I can't decide which is cooler: this or that Rube Goldberg commercial that Honda had a few years back...
      • 6 Years Ago
      open : www.cowunder.blogspot.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very cool expanded display!
      At first glance, however, I thought it was a model blimp (dirigible, zeppelin, balloon) being tethered to old track tires. LOL!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "They should have suspended a life size model of Jenson or Rubens as well."

      Exploded view, of course.

      (Wow, I have NEGATIVE 1 star? Guess the l33t bloggers can't take constructive criticism...)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool. Now, I want to see do that to a Corolla or Civic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If each piece of is hanging freely, I hate to imagine what happens when the exhibit hall air conditioner kicks in...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! this is amazing! I just feel bad for the poor soul who had to assemble and dissemble the display each time. Are they super secretive of their F1 designs/dimensions? I would love to see them here in California - LA or SF.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They should have suspended a life size model of Jenson or Rubens as well.
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