Projecting high-octane stunts, drifts and races

Each year, tens of thousands of motorsport fans flock to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in early January for the Autosport International Show, Europe’s biggest motorsport show. Extremely popular during the four-day show are the adrenaline-pumping demos, stunts and races at the Live Action Arena, the UK’s largest indoor race track.

Barco rental partner XL Events, working closely with Network Productions and Production Director Malcolm Forbes, used six stacks of Barco projectors to form a 90 meters wide by 9 meters high front projection for the arena. Each stack included one of Barco’s new HDF-W26 projectors on top of a Barco FLM-HD20, which gave a total output of 276,000 lumens. Four Catalyst Media Servers controlled the output from this huge bank of projectors. 

“It was great to see the visually stunning backdrop for the live action. With such a large screen surface and the audience being more than 40 meters away, we knew we had a challenge to create the WOW factor required from the screen. Using the double stacked combination of Barco solutions proved to be an extremely successful solution,” said XL Events’ Phil Smith.