An Ayrton Senna exhibition has opened at the Lamborghini Museum in the Italian city of Bologna, featuring a display of every single-seater race car driven by the late Brazilian champion as well as a moving photographic tribute of his life.

Ayrton Senna: the Man and the Legend commemorates his 1993 test drive at Estoril in a McLaren MP4/8 fitted with a Lamborghini V12 engine. The team was assessing a potential works partnership with Lamborghini’s then-parent company, Chrysler, but ultimately opted for a disastrous partnership with Peugeot that only lasted the 1994 season.

Senna Gallery

‘Ayrton Senna: the Man and the Legend’ gallery launch

Stefano Domenicali, the former Scuderia Ferrari team principal and current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Automobili Lamborghini, yesterday welcomed media to the official presentation of the exhibition.

He was joined by Ercole Colombo and Giorgio Terruzzi, curators of the photographic record, and Mauro Forghieri and Daniele Audetto, who attended the famous test drive. Former Grand Prix drivers Riccardo Patrese and Pierluigi Martini – who both competed extensively against Senna – were also in attendance (pictured right).

The white MP4/8, identical to the one tested at Estoril, along with its Lamborghini engine at its side is on display with other ex-Senna Formula 1 cars from Williams, Team Lotus and Toleman. Senna’s Formula 3 and Formula Ford cars, as well as his first kart are also on display.

The cars are accompanied by a photography exhibition, Ayrton Senna: The Last Night. The photos tell the story of Senna’s career from his early days in karting, following his Formula 1 debut, through his victories and defeats, friendships and rivalries, his personal life and faith.

The exhibit takes visitors on a moving and haunting journey up to his last night in his hotel room, the now-famous Suite 200 of Hotel Castello at Castel San Pietro, before the fateful 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Visitors can experience this emotional tribute daily until 9 October, alongside the Lamborghini museum’s permanent collection.

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