A car of two halves
Film starring a cutaway Formula One car passes one million hits in four days – and now photos are also available. When mechanics at the Sauber F1 Team set about slicing a Formula One car down the centre line, they were embarking on a labour of love.
The idea – hatched in late 2009 – was the brainchild of Sergio Bonagura, a former car chief for the race team. Mechanics at the Sauber factory created the exhibit over a period of two years, investing a fair amount of their downtime and demonstrating the precision of true craftsmen and impressive attention to detail in the process. Since this was not something anyone had done before, the team had no template to follow. And yet, come spring 2012, the model was complete and the cameras were ready to roll.
On 30th May 2012 the Sauber F1 Team posted the film, which lasts just over five minutes, on YouTube: http://youtu.be/_Wn1EFLa2C8 . And less than four days later it had already notched up over one million hits. Subtitles have since been added in German, Japanese and Spanish, and its viewing figures are continuing to rise.
The car in question is a BMW Sauber F1.08. The 2008 season was the most successful yet for Sauber. At the Canadian Grand Prix that year Sauber celebrated its first, and so far only, F1 victory, Robert Kubica taking the win and Nick Heidfeld following him across the line to wrap up a one-two finish. In total the F1.08 recorded 11 podiums, one pole position (Kubica in Bahrain) and two fastest race laps (Heidfeld in Malaysia and Germany).
The film is still available for media purposes (TV and internet) in HD quality as a free download from the media area of the team’s website (media.sauberf1team.com). There you can view both the final cut-and-mixed film, and an unmixed version. Also available is a pdf transcription of Chief Designer Matt Morris’ commentary in English, German, Spanish and Japanese.