It was August 1980, in Jesolo, Italy. Ayrton Senna, aged 20, lay in a deck chair by the hotel pool—steely-eyed, angry. He had been beaten the day before in one of the world’s most prestigious karting events, a race he had dominated until the final lap.
Brazil may be hosting the Olympics this year, but one of their greatest sporting triumphs is in a discipline not eligible for the Olympics at all: Formula One. That doesn’t mean that Brazilians won’t use Senna’s retelling of his incredible drive from the 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix as motivation to win, though.
It’s easy to think of the NSX existing only as it did in the early ‘90s, with Ayrton Senna giving the car a wash, or Ayrton Senna helping fine-tune the chassis, or Ayrton Senna thrashing the car on track while wearing loafers. But by the end of its life, the NSX was not so fresh and cutting edge.
Nearly every race or test session today has been a wet one, so let’s go back in time and watch some stellar wet drives. Who had the best wet race of all time?
Before the mainstream sports obsessions, school dances, awkward teen years, supremely fun college parties, graduating, finding a wonderful woman and eventual settling down, there was Formula One.
Want to own a true piece of history? How about one of the karts that got Ayrton Senna into racing? Bonhams has one of Senna's karts up for auction soon, a 1981 DAP kart, chassis number DAP BH 33. According to the listing, it's the last kart Senna ever drove in competition.
1984 introduced the world to Ayrton Senna, who piloted this 1983/4 Toleman TG183B/Hart Turbo to score his first points in Formula One. Senna made a name for himself piloting this backmarker car above where everyone felt it should finish, and now Chassis #05 can be yours.
Brazilian low-cost airline Azul has dedicated an Embraer E-190 to legendary Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, who passed away after a tragic wreck during the San Marino Grand Prix twenty years ago on May 1, 1994. The nose of the plane depicts Senna's trademark helmet paint scheme.
Ayrton Senna wanted children in Brazil to have access to an education. The short film Ayrton's Wish, created in partnership with Gran Turismo 6, documents how Senna's legacy has been carried. Director Tamir Moscivici, who was also behind KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide, will be in the comments answering questions.
May 1st, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest racing drivers the world has ever known. Jalopnik reader Alan Dahl was there at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix where Senna lost his life. This is his story. -Ed.
Over the past two days, you may have noticed an illustration of Ayrton Senna on your Google homepage. If you did, it's because you live in Brazil, New Zealand, Russia, Kenya, Turkey Croatia, and Guatemala.
The Toleman TG183B Hart S4 might have had a double rear wing and a 1,459 cc turbo four in the middle, but the young Ayrton Senna could only get eight laps out of it around the Jacarepaguá Circuit in Rio de Janeiro in front his home audience thanks to a turbo failure.
Brazilian F1 legend Ayrton Senna is on a lot of Google home screens today, but not all. Did your home country get the Senna Google Doodle?
Tomorrow, March 21, should be a somber occasion for anyone who loves motorsports: it would by the late Ayrton Senna's 54th birthday had he not been tragically killed at Imola in 1994. My hat is off to Google for recognizing this with a nice Google Doodle salute.
The McLaren MP4/8B was powered by a Lamborghini V12 and driven by Ayrton Senna in September, 1993 at Estoril after the Portuguese Grand Prix. It was faster, and he wanted to race it in Japan. That never happened.
How would you like to own a copy of the greatest Japanese car of all time owned by the legendary racing driver who had a hand in its development? At a British auction in February, you could have a shot at owning what could be considered THE Honda NSX.
Ask almost any modern F1 driver who their idol is, and you'll get a one word answer in return: Senna. And 25 years ago today, Ayrton Senna won his first ever Formula One World Driver's Championship. This is how he won it.
While the world tends to idealize Ayrton Senna nearly 20 years after his death, we shouldn't forget that he was a big racing star with big sponsorship deals. Sometimes those sponsors would just straight up give him a new family. And sometimes those sponsors would saddle him with an old Honda Prelude.
If you're going to name a motorcycle after one of the greatest Formula One drivers who ever lived, it had better be damn good. Fortunately, the motorcycle company doing this is Ducati, and they're old hat at making two-wheel tributes to Ayrton Senna by now.
Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna were vicious competitors on the track, never afraid to do whatever it took to outperform the other. It turns out that competitive spirit extended to the commercial side as well, though when it comes to this ad, it looks like a competition over weirdness.