Honda has re-enacted an iconic qualifying lap performed by former Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna in 1989, with only lights and speakers.

Senna 1989 Suzuka Lap

Using the telemetry and sound of the Honda-powered McLaren Senna drove to set his 1:38.041 record-breaking lap of the Suzuka circuit, Honda recreated the effort by positioning speakers and lights along the 5.8km track and synchronised both with the original lap.

Despite his pole position in the race and subsequent win, his teammate, Frenchman Alain Prost, claimed the 1989 world title after a collision between the two resulted in the Brazilian being disqualified post race.

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The clip is a tribute to a man who not only brought Honda success in F1 with three world titles but also played a hand in the chassis tuning and development of the Honda NSX supercar.

Senna died after a fatal collision while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Italy.

Honda confirmed its return to F1 in May, announcing it will again team with McLaren from 2015.

Senna F1