Carbon Fibre Manta Ray
Carbon fibre Manta Ray

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Juvenile manta is a third of the size of the largest Carbon Art sculpture, the ‘Aero Manta’, the sculpture that brought together all my engineering skills and sculpting ambition.

The manta ray is one of the oceans most recognisable creatures and as anyone who has dived with these fish can testify to their grace and beauty. Manta rays are found in the world’s tepid oceans and are true ‘aero’ fish.

Engineering methods, materials and selected parts from modern F1 Grand Prix cars are used in the production of this sculpture.

Sculpture limited to ten pieces with two artist proofs.

Body:Carbon fibre 4 plies / layers of 2 x 2 twill 200 gsm, gives a thickness of 2.4 mm. Coated with UV resistant clear coat and painted detail.

Fins:Tail fin one piece of shaped 2 mm HE15 graphite coated aluminium.

Eyes:Modified aluminium HE30 machined plugs, coated gloss black.

Gills:ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic 3D printed on HP design jet, FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling).

Underside duct: Pitot tube shroud with titanium fitting. Shroud from Jenson Button’s 2006 Honda Racing F1 Team GP car.

Tail: Tail boss, wing adjuster flange from the Sahara Force India F1 Team part no. 12J06-0330, with second stage double clutch system actuator rod from Honda Racing F1 Team part no. VHM 000 960 L40, 2006 GP season. Third stage, titanium ‘cake tin’ top hat fixing.

Exhausts: Hydraulic cooler 90° aluminium tubing cut down and mounted on internal fabricated backing plates, Honda Racing F1 Team, hydraulic cooler part no. 1080 E04 0084.

Vent fins:A pair of front wing ‘fish plates’ P4 & P5 from the 195 Benetton F1 GP car, chassis 195/2,Michael Schumacher, 1995 World Championship year.

Vent: 90° PRV aluminium water pressure link used on the Sahara Force India F1 Team part no.10J18-0042 issue 1.

Wing tip detail: Shaped aluminium to show the vortices generated by a wing tip moving through a liquid or gas.

Mounting base:Mounted a section of FIA legality perma-glass underfloor plank with a bevel gear shaft, part number 060-B2-004-02 from the Sahara Force India F1 team part number 13523 0051 01A, Nico Hulkenburg, Italian GP 2016.

Mounting methods:Suspended, floor or wall mounted.

Dimensions:L 900 mm  W 1000 mm H 910 mm


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