Traditional trophies in Formula 1 are most often made in the form of cups, plates, track silhouettes, etc. For the Suzuka International Racing Course in Japan, which this year became 17 of the 23 planned tracks of the championship, Lenovo has developed rather unusual winner’s trophies with… RGB lighting.
(In case you haven’t seen this stage of the race yet and plan to watch the recording to see who took the podium, we left it out of the text).
It is worth noting that Lenovo is also the title sponsor of the race. The trophy was ordered from the Pininfarina design studio (whose clients include Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, GM, Lancia, and Maserati) and is shaped like the car’s air intake. This is fully consistent with the nature of the award and looks really cool.
However, the additional feature here is quite different, and it was Lenovo that contributed to it. There is a special area on the case that the trophy owner has to kiss (this is one of the most common elements of celebrating a victory). This activates the backlight, which depicts the colors of the prize winner’s national flag. There is also additional lighting on the top and bottom, but it was hardly noticeable during the ceremony itself.
Here are just a few examples of backlighting options:
And yes, this is not a one-time thing. For further operation, the trophies have support for wireless charging using a special station.
The winners of the Austin stage in the United States, which will take place on October 22 this year, will also receive awards with similar technology.