Can’t afford a P1? We may have a compromise for you.
Lewis Hamilton just took home the win at the recent Formula 1 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Not only does this help keep Mercedes-Benz at the top of the constructors’ standings, it cements Hamilton as one of the sport’s elite drivers.
This victory in Canada marks his fifth win at the track, making Hamilton one of just five current F1 drivers to win on the same circuit five or more times.
And continuing this “pick five” theme, the win also means that Hamilton has led over 2,500 laps of Formula 1 races, ranking him fifth of all time. With what seems to be a Lotto-friendly coincidence, we’ll be the first to tell the man to buy at least scratch card…or nine.
Though it’s not like he needs the money. With an estimated net worth north of $200 million, the Hamilton’s got enough cash to last a few mortal lifetimes. And he sure knows how to spend it – especially when it comes to cars. Here are a few of his more notable rides.
The P1 may very well be McLaren’s ultimate expression of exclusivity and performance. Well, outside of the homologated P1 GTR, that is. This $1.15 million hypercar packs 908 combined ponies into a revolutionary gas/electric powertrain. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 itself spits out 727 horsepower, while the electric motor provides the remaining 177. Only 375 of these vehicles were made, and each one of them went to a well-heeled collector.
These days, not even McLaren has a P1 to call its own. The company was holding one car back for itself, but ended up selling that one too. Money talks, it seems.
Pagani Zonda 760LH
You gotta be doing something right for Pagani to name a car after you (guess what the “LH” stands for?). Hamilton is no stranger to showing off a bit, which his purple Zonda does admirably. The first manual transmission Zonda 760 built, Hamilton bought the car so that he “had something fun to drive on the weekends.”
This 760-horsepower beast is known for more than just its performance, however. This is the car Hamilton famously crashed after a week of partying in Monaco. Fortunately, the only things damaged – other than the Zonda itself – were Hamilton’s pride and a stationary vehicle. Not too long after, we imagine the car was shipped back to the Pagani factory for a series of very cost-effective repairs.
Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid
And here we get to Hamilton’s most impressive ride, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid. The Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 team has got its cars completely dialed-in this season, and is still the team to beat. Like the other cars on this list, this one is heavy on the carbon fiber and features an engine mounted in the middle, but obviously offers much more that the rest of the pack.
An evolution of the dominating W06 chassis, the W07 takes the things that worked and modifies them for both rulebook compliance and, well, you do learn a thing or two after a year of racing. The engine is a PU106C turbocharged V6 hybrid, limited to 15,000 rpm (!) and capable of producing anywhere between 750-850 horsepower. Weight, including driver, is just over 1,500 pounds. That means it can hit top speed before you can think the phrase “oh my God.” And with its powerful carbon ceramic brakes, it’ll rip the corneas from your eyeballs before you have the chance to think, “well, this is unfortunate.”
It takes strength, skill, and nerves of steel to drive one of these, which is why we’ll be happy with just this 1:18-scale Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid die-cast model. Crafted by the experts at Minichamps and available in Q4, this model is a highly detailed machine worthy of a space in your own garage. Or on top of your mantle, whichever you prefer.
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