SUZUKA, Japan – An innovative trophy awaits the champion of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. The recipient will not only get to hold the symbol of his victory, but as they step onto the podium and kiss the trophy, a burst of their national colors will reveal through incorporated LED lights.
The trophy itself has been created and funded by the race sponsor, Lenovo, with the iconic car design company Pininfarina taking responsibility for the form of the award. The design takes inspiration from the very sport it represents, embodying the shape of an F1 car’s air intake.
A touch-sensitive micro switch lies in wait inside the trophy and provides the power to the LED lights. As the winner celebrates their success with a customary kiss, this initiates a series of pre-determined color combinations, representing the victor’s national flag.
On the rear of the trophy, the words “kiss me” gleam, an invitation for the winner to engage with this unique feature. The national flag’s color representation is set to display immediately after the chequered flag has been waved, setting the stage for a spectacular podium ceremony.
Pilot introductions to this compelling design aren’t limited to Japanese soil. Organizers have planned to display a similar trophy that lights up to represent the winner’s colors at the forthcoming U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, a spectacle not to be missed later this year.