Ayrton Senna Lotus 97T art print


starting at: $ 28

Ayrton Senna Lotus 97T fine car art by Terry Smith.

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.



Among the many legends of F1, Ayrton Senna is one of the greatest of them all. Period. And his Lotus 97T depicted on this particular art is the car that brings him his very first F1 win. It happened in 1985 at the Portugal GP, held at Estoril race track. And yes, the weather was rainy and the track was wet as a fish.

This particular car is chassis #2 and it is owned by Classic Team Lotus. It makes regular appearances at motorsports event around UK and is famed because it’s stylish John Player Special livery turned iconic after Senna made it victorious.

Unfortunately, the legendary Ayrton Senna is not among us anymore. He was killed in a horrific crash at Imola track in 1994. It was a terribly sad day for the motorsport community all over the world because it lost one of its best sons.

Ayrton Senna was the best pilot on any F1 track and today he`d be too. Vettel and Hamilton or even Schumacher can`t be close to him. And they wouldn’t. It is hard to say so even after old school legends like Fangio or Moss.

Ayrton Senna Lotus 97T Renault Turbo Grand Prix Monaco

Ayrton Senna was gifted by God. And God took him away while he did what he loved to do. This great Lotus 97T art by Terry Smith is praising a moment from Senna` second F1 season when it was already crystal clear that the Brazilian has something big in his skill set. Now you can make yours this beautiful piece of art only at Simply Petrol.


Born and raised in Detroit, Terry Smith has been a part of the Commercial Art Scene since 1953. Back then it was Automotive Illustration with art board, Windsor Newton Designers’ watercolors, paint brushes and airbrushes instead of Photography and Computer Graphics. Throughout the late sixties and early seventies he was painting car illustrations for catalogs and national ads for the big three automotive companies.

In 1972 I met and got involved with Roger Penske and his Indy Car and Can Am racing programs. That venture had me designing color schemes for Penske sponsored race cars during the Mark Donahue and Peter Revson era. I guess my claim to fame at that time was designing the color schemes for the white L&M Porsche 917-10 and blue Sunoco 917-30 Can Am cars that Donahue and George Follmer raced in the early seventies.

In 1987 Terry teamed up with his son and started using a Macintosh computer when Desktop Publishing was in it’s infancy.  He put aside his paint and paintbrushes and started the long journey into the world of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Page Maker.

From 1987 until 2005 Terry Smith was designing brochures, logos, training manuals and line drawings. However, he had never thought of or even tried doingfull-colorr car illustrations on the computer. It wasn’t until after he retired and his son brought his old computer to him in 2010, that Terry Smith thought about giving car illustration a try on the computer.

At Simply Petrol we are extremely happy to give you access to the #FineCarArt of Terry Smith.


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Additional information


Large – 30 x 40 inches | 77 x 100 cm, Medium – 22 x 28 inches | 55 x 70 cm, Mini – 11 x 14 inches | 27.5 x 35 cm, Small – 15 x 20 inches | 39 x 50 cm, X-Large – 42 x 55 inches | 108 x 140 cm

Your art print

1. Framing

A frame is not included. Your #finecarart print deserves frame of its own that fits best to the environment you`d like to place it.

2. Shipping

You can choose between STANDARD and EXPRESS delivery. Visit our Shipping page to check out the delivery options in order to pick what fits your needs. You`ll find shortcut at the footer section of Simply Petrol.

3. Packaging

Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

 : Terry Smith
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