The Olympic Torch Project in 2006
‘Passion Lives Here’ was the motto of the 2006 edition, but it was also the leitmotif of all the torch design phases. This project was a challenge that Cavagna Group accepted and carried through with determination and tenacity. The call arrived just before Christmas 2004 and by mid-January 2005, the team had already presented the first project. The lightweight body, whose design resembled the tip of a ski, was made from a brass alloy and aluminium components. Inside, between the propylene – butane gas cylinder and the burner, the Cavagna’s exclusive patent was located. A tap with a small pressure regulator, developed vertically, which led to a nozzle for the gas calibration.
Deadlines were tight and requirements imposed by the Olympic Committee unequivocal. The flame should never be extinguished during the torchbearer’s run. Moreover, after the run, the technician following the torchbearers should be able to cut the power supply pipes to prevent the torch being lit a second time. The flame also had to be a vivid orange-yellow colour and, at the same time, release the black halo characteristic of the old wooden torch.
For the first presentation by then-President Ciampi in March, Cavagna prepared two versions. The first one, as requested by the Committee, with a flame that lasted longer but was less voluminous, and a second version, suggested by the Cavagna team, which ensured a burn time of 15 minutes and a good power output as well. The upgraded version, which was much more scenic and suitable for television filming than the first one, was then decided as the final version.