Designing the Larry Perkins Trophy
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation engaged RMIT University to design and manufacture a perpetual trophy for the new V8 Supercars Melbourne 400, to be held during the Australian Formula1 Grand Prix.
To have a trophy named after you after my 50 years, 51 years in racing, it's something you don't think about until it finally gets to you, and I think it's fantastic.
And I'm really smiling inside that it's happened.
We were asked by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to design the Larry Perkins trophy, that married in with his Formula One and his touring car history.
We used virtual reality to design a series of conceptual prototypes, and we could show the Australian Grand Prix Corporation those designs.
From there we took them into traditional CAD processes, where we developed a series of renders and visualisations.
We produced a series of form prototypes, and then we machined a series of tools that allowed us to mould the carbon fibre shell.
We then applied 3-D printing technologies to make those outer structures in titanium.
The final design is the work of the RMIT guys under Scotty, and they've done a fantastic job.
But today, to see it in the flesh, it is so much better than I thought it ever could be.
It's a true work of
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