TOKYO, Japan - At beginning of this month, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that the "Sound of Honda / Ayrton Senna 1989" was honored with the Grand Prize for the Entertainment Division of the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival. "Sound of Honda / Ayrton Senna 1989" is a set of contents including a short film and 3-dimensional computer graphics sequence which enable the audience to experience the driving of Ayrton Senna in the McLaren-Honda MP4/5 which was reproduced based on the recorded data of then-fastest lap at Suzuka Circuit set by Senna in the qualifying for the FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship Japan Grand Prix in 1989.

The "Sound of Honda / Ayrton Senna 1989" was produced as part of the "dots"(¹) project through which Honda studies how people enjoy relationships with automobiles. Honda analyzed behavior of the engine and accelerator based on the driving data, including changes in the accelerator position, engine speed and vehicle speed, recorded during the qualifying for the F1 Japan Grand Prix in 1989.

The engine sound of then-fastest lap at Suzuka Circuit was reproduced and recorded with the actual F1 machine, the McLaren-Honda MP4/5.

This short film features a reproduced Senna's driving trajectory by sound and light with a number of speakers and LED lights set at Suzuka Circuit. A behind-the-scenes documentary film named the "Project Movie" was also created.

(¹) "dots" stands for "design our transportation story." Through the dots project, Honda strives to provide useful services to more users by combining information collected through the Honda Internavi system and various real-time information made available in society.