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30 mayo 2024

The thrill of speed: a journey through motorsport history at Mobility City

Zaragoza, a city with a rich historical tradition and a modern atmosphere, stands out as the center of automotive innovation thanks to the opening of the exhibition “From the track to the asphalt” at Mobility City.

The Ibercaja Foundation and Mobility City have created this exhibition, a mix of speed and design, featuring an outstanding collection of iconic vehicles.

Curated by José Manuel Bernad, this exhibition brings racing vehicles closer to all automotive enthusiasts. From the imposing Ricart 166 Compressor, a Spanish symbol of the 1920s, to the exclusive limited edition McLaren P1 GTR, the exhibition offers a complete perspective on how cars have evolved from their beginnings on the racetrack to mass production.

It features “a series of exceptional automobiles all gathered in the same space”, “such as the Maserati C, a vehicle of extremely limited production and very difficult to see, as it is very difficult for anyone to see it again, except for a few times on the road, which is very difficult”. Comments José Manuel Bernad curator of the exhibition.

 

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This exhibition will be open to the public until the end of August and goes beyond simply being a tribute to engineering and speed. It is a celebration of both the beauty and the art in motion that these vehicles represent.

One of the most admired cars is the Lamborghini Miura, nicknamed “La Mordini,” famous among collectors for its exclusivity and legendary aura, inspired by a visit by Ferrucio Lamborghini to Miura. Also featured is the iconic Ford GT 40, along with the Pegaso, which resurfaced in the 2000s with a project that sought to revive the past glory of racing cars.

“ALL THE CARS (IN THE EXHIBITION) ARE UNIQUE CARS, VERY SPECIAL AND VERY DIFFICULT TO HAVE THEM ALL TOGETHER” JOSÉ MANUEL BERNAD

The exhibition showcases gems such as the Porsche Taycan, a leading figure in Formula E electric racing, and the Audi that dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a decade. Also notable are the McLarens, staples in the racing world, as well as the imposing McLaren Senna GTR, with its 800 horsepower and a speed limited only by the imagination.

But the exhibition does not only focus on the vehicles; it also pays tribute to the iconic figures of Spanish motor racing. From the legendary Emilio Biota to the famous Fernando Alonso, including the impressive Epsilon, a national engineering product that left its mark on the tracks and in the hearts of fans.

“I visited Eduardo Miura’s ranch in Seville, where he bred bulls for bullfighting, and I was so impressed that by the time I got home I had already selected my future emblem” Ferrucio Lamborghini

Walking through Mobility City, it is inevitable to feel emotion and admiration for these living witnesses of automotive history. Each car is a masterpiece in motion, a passionate manifestation of people’s creativity that continues to amaze entire generations.

The exhibition at Mobility City is a testament to the enduring impact the automotive world has had on our lives. From the thrill of speed to the elegance of design, this exhibition encourages us to reflect on the incredible transformation of the automotive industry and its influence on our environment, while enjoying unique automobiles that were born to race and made it to the asphalt.

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