Matra MS80 art print


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Matra MS80 F1 Jackie Stewart fine car art by Ivan Borisov.

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.



Matra is not a name that resonates as much as Ferrari or Mercedes with the current generation of F1 fans. The MS80 was not considered an eye catcher either back in the day, and we doubt too many kids had posters and other car-related art of it hanging on the walls. It has this quirky French look to it; starting with the color, going to the duck-shaped front end and the weird air ducks all around. But for a true F1 fan it does ring a bell or two and definitely looks beautiful after we’ve had 40+ years to look at it. This Matra MS80 art is full of automotive gorgeousness and is telling a beautiful and French F1 story.

The Matra MS80 joined the grid in 1969. It was a completely new car compared to the outgoing MS11, designed by Gérard Ducarouge and Bernard Boyer. The car was one of the first to sport a wing to increase the grip on the back tires during high speed. The fuel cell of the car was also moved from behind the driver to the side panels. The front suspension had a complete replacement, going from rocker arms to outboard springs with a parallel link to the rear suspension. Jackie Stewart himself has referred to MS80 as the nicest-handling F1 car he had ever driven. Big praise from a driver like Jackie.




The famous Cosworth DFV V8 engine powers this French beauty. At this point of its life cycle, the engine was producing 420 bhp. We will not go into any further details about it, because of how famous the engine is and how much we have talked about it previously.

Now, about the car’s achievements. It won its inaugural race in 1969 at the Spanish Grand Prix, with Jackie finishing 2 laps before the runner-up. This was one of the two occasion such thing has ever happened. The car brought Jackie 5 victories that season and earned him the title of F1 World Champion. Given the fact that the car was a complete redesign, raced for only one season, won the first GP and landed its driver an F1 title, we think the French very well deserve a round of applause and admiration for this achievement.

How you got into cars?

I’ve developed my passion for cars quite early. As a child I was into arts and liked to draw. We had a friend of a family who was an artist he used to come to our house and sketch something for me. Just a quick pen doodles. Watching him draw was a mesmerizing experience. He would leave me with a picture of an old Cadillac with huge tail fins or a race car rushing through the track. It seemed effortless and was so cool that after a while all I wanted to do was drawing cars.

Growing in a post USSR Russia I would see a lot of foreign cars appearing on the streets looking like nothing I sow before. Seemed to me they’ve came from another world. I was very curious about them and so I began to read automotive magazines. A lot of them. All the little money I had in my disposal were spent on those. At this point it was all I’d really care to read. I was studying in art school at a time, so the idea to become a car designer came out naturally, and I went to pursue that goal.

While learning all about automotive history and the legacy behind the famous companies I eventually got into motorsport and of course formula one. I began watching F1 races in 2001. While there was a channel with live translations on TV, but formula one was not really popular in Russia at that time, and rather then that not much information about it could be found. That made it so mysterious and fascinating to me, especially the history – legendary drivers of the past, teams that once were great then vanished and the drama. I would read all these stories as a mythos or a saga – so far away and out of this world it seemed to me at that time. I carried out that fascination to the Formula 1 through the years. When I do these illustrations I’m that young boy again who just discovered new world.

If you have an option for a permanent exhibition, where would you like it to be?

Newer thought of that. Probably some place related to Formula 1. McLaren «Paragon» factory sounds nice :)

Imagine unlimited budget for just a one car. What a vehicle youd have in your garage?

There’s no easy answer to that question. So many great cars to choose from… I’d choose Bugatti Atlantic so I could sell it and then buy pretty much everything I would want :) But jokes aside that would probably be McLaren F1 – such an outstanding car. Legend in itself.

What car you are currently having in your garage?`

No car in my garage so far. That’s probably weird for a car designer but I didn’t really need a car from the practical point of view. And didn’t earn enough to by a car for pure pleasure so far.

Do you have specific motoring culture you admire and if yes, why?

Formula 1. Especially so called golden era 60s to 90s. It’s a combination of machinery, passion, characters and drama. A perfect fuse of man and machine.
I like all forms of motorsport in general. Sport cars have a special kind of beauty that comes from a single purpose – be fast.

If it weren’t cars, what would it be?

What kind of culture rather then cars? Music is one of my main sources of inspiration. Can’t live without it. If I didn’t choose to follow visual arts and design, i’d probably be a musician. Well at least that’s what I like to think. Or more realistically, I’d be a photographer of some sort. Thats another passion of mine.

Is there specific motorsports competition youd like to be part of in one or another form?

I use to race cars at the amateur level and really enjoy it. I’d like to do that on a more professional level. Would be also great to design a livery to a F1 team one day.

Please, share with us the most significant motorsport moment you`ve witnessed with your own eyes. Tell us about the feelings you got.

Well, I didn’t attend a lot of races. The only one formula 1 race I’ve been at was Sochi 2014 and I didn’t really enjoy it. But I remember the first time I saw a F1 car in motion. It was a Renault F1 Team show run in Moscow in a year 2003 I think. It was a special moment for me – the peace of the world I could only before see in pictures was now in front of my eyes, in the same reality with me. I remember the sound of the engine. I had to walk to the place for about 10-15 minutes and all the way I could hear it becoming louder and louder. There were no track, the car ran on a city streets and it was cold grim late autumn day. Leaves already’ve started falling down. The whole setting seemed a bit surreal. I could’t see much as there were a lot of people. Really a lot. But the whole experience was unforgettable.


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Large – 50 x 23.5 inches | 127 x 60 cm, Medium – 35 x 16.5 inches | 89 x 42 cm, Mini – 17 x 8 inches | 43 x 20 cm, Small – 25 x 11.8 inches | 63 x 30 cm

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 : Ivan Borisov
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