Whether or not you were young enough - or maybe not even born yet - to not remember the career of arguably the greatest auto racing driver in history, you still owe it to yourself and your love for racing to watch the just-released feature-length documentary of Ayrton Senna.

Regarded with so many superlatives both as a man and as a racer, Ayrton Senna was a larger-than-life character who happened to be the best at what he did: auto racing. The man was charismatic, passionate, and an all-around lighting rod. Unfortunately, he was also a victim of an accident that cost him his life.

Over the past year, the documentary about the greatest racer of all time was being developed and now, the final product is about ready to hit the shelves. Everything you want and need to know about Ayrton Senna is included in the documentary, including his early upbringing in Brazil, his meteoric rise to the top of Formula One, his unbridled rivalry with Alain Prost, and even the fateful afternoon in Imola in 1994 when everything ended so unexpectedly.

Ever the source of important automotive information, Top Gear is front and center in promoting the documentary. The British auto show has a review of it up on their site and in addition to that, the latest issue of the magazine, which will go on sale on May 18, will contain a free preview DVD of the documentary that includes film footage, outtakes, exclusive interviews with Alain Prost and director Asif Kapadia, and so much more.

If there ever was a documentary that puts serious truth to the phrase "must-watch", this one is it.

Think you knew Ayrton Senna? Guess again.


Source: Top Gear

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  (592) posted on 06.14.2011

A video or documentary that tackles the life and death of the world’s fastest in 4 wheels, Ayrton Senna. I think Top Gear really did a great job here.

  (592) posted on 06.14.2011

A video or documentary that tackles the life and death of the world’s fastest in 4 wheels, Ayrton Senna. I think Top Gear really did a great job here.

  (433) posted on 05.27.2011

Hmm, TopGear really did a nice way of promoting this video. They really know how to do everything right when it comes to giving tribute to car legends.

  (592) posted on 05.27.2011

Well, if there is someone that really deserves all of this attention, it definite is Senna/ Just imagine the amount of contribution that he gave to the racing world.

  (427) posted on 05.26.2011

Well, this one is definitely the best tribute for Senna. The guy is really one of my heroes when it comes to racing. Too bad that his demise was tragic.

  (8) posted on 05.26.2011

Legend! Enough said.

  (1211) posted on 05.26.2011

I must admit that I am not really that well versed when it comes to racing history. But I am all to familiar with the legend that is Ayrton Senna, so this documentary is really something that I would want to see.

  (273) posted on 05.26.2011

It seems that it takes several months before the documentary would be complete! And I guess that this would be the most watch film. By this, I’m sure we could learn and get to know more this great legend on car racing, Ayrton Senna.

  (398) posted on 05.26.2011

Maybe I’m still not born when this man become a legend in the world of car racing. However, I have read good reviews about him and it speaks on how great is this man.
And thanks to Top Gear for making a documentary for the great Ayrton Senna by this we could know him more.

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