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'The Noise' breathes the romance back into Formula One
The beauty of the engines is in the engineering perfection - every pipe needs to be exactly the same length to the millimetre because each cylinder has exactly the same capacity. Formula One is the pinnacle of motor sport, and these sculptures encapsulate the flawlessness in the engineering design.

LONDON.- Have you ever dreamt of owning a unique piece of Formula One history? Now you have the chance to do just that at a ground-breaking exhibition that harks back to the scream of a bygone era in motor racing.

‘The Noise’ features seven sculptures crafted from roaring V-8 engines, evoking memories of the heyday of motor racing before they were replaced by today’s quieter turbo-charged versions. Each one is unique as the Ferrari exhausts, made from Inconel alloy, were only used in one race before being replaced.

For a collector, the sculpture will make an evocative and original feature to brighten up any room and is also a talking point in its own right. Each one has discolouration marks specific to the track on which it was raced, depending on the length of the straights and the frequency of bends – blue in the case of Monaco, because it is one of the hottest tracks.

The beauty of the engines is in the engineering perfection - every pipe needs to be exactly the same length to the millimetre because each cylinder has exactly the same capacity. Formula One is the pinnacle of motor sport, and these sculptures encapsulate the flawlessness in the engineering design.

Inconel is used because of its ability to withstand extreme heat, but the exhaust system has to be replaced after each race because of the risk of failure once it has endured a full heat cycle.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a gold-plated set from the Sauber driven by Kamui Kobayashi at the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix when he finished fifth in the iconic race. Another is a hand polished set, slightly damaged after Mexican driver Sergio Perez crashed his Sauber at Monaco in the same year.

The exhibition also contains a remarkable Barn Find artefact: the bent rear suspension arm from the Benetton B192, damaged by ‘the man who never crashes’ Michael Schumacher in the 1992 Spanish Grand Prix.

Also showing are 8-10 pencil-drawn technical blueprints of 1980-1992 Benetton parts: all showing incredible detail, displaying the oil and staining of being in a workshop for over thirty years, and beautiful in their own right.

‘The Noise’ looks fondly back to a more romantic racing era characterised by noise, fear and danger – the pieces can be seen as a protest against what some perceive to be the modern airbrushing of Formula One. Mounted on an Italian Granite base, each one is around one metre tall. They have been collected by Mike O’Connor, owner of Heritage F1, the only company in the UK to buy and sell F1 cars.

The exhibition opened at the Dadiani gallery in Mayfair on July 14th. The pieces on show can be purchased via bitcoin, making Dadiani – known as an innovator - the first fine art gallery in the UK to operate with bitcoin. They are expected to fetch between £25,000-£30,000.

Mike O’Connor said: “F1 cars are the pinnacle of engineering. Cost is no object in the design. The engineers are the best of the best and have created engineering perfection, just like a great artist creates great art. The story attached to each one is what makes them valuable – we are selling the history”.

Eleesa Dadiani, founder of Dadiani Fine Art, said: “These pieces challenge our pre-conceptions about what is art. Their form is beautiful even though their function has died. When something dies in its function it is immortalised in its aesthetic form. It still has appeal.

‘It can also be seen as protest art against the disappearance of the noise which made Formula One what it once was. I believe craftsmanship must be at the heart of all great art and these pieces are examples of the finest craftsmanship”.

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