McLaren doesn’t often sell its old Formula 1 cars, so this is a big deal. The company—perhaps because of its COVID-19-related financial troubles—announced that in partnership with RM Sotheby’s, it’s selling the MP4-25A Lewis Hamilton drove to victory in Turkey in 2010. This is the first time a race-winning F1 chassis driven by Hamilton has ever come up for auction, and one imagines it may be the last for quite some time.
RM Sotheby’s will auction this car on Saturday, July 17, at Silverstone, just before the qualifying sprint race for this year’s British Grand Prix. Bidding will actually occur as the car is lapping the circuit at speed, which should be a feast for the eyes and ears. This is the first MP4-25A chassis built by McLaren, and it’s powered by a 2.4-liter 18,000-rpm Mercedes V-8, so it should sound amazing. If the next owner wishes to drive the car, you’ll need a team of engineers to run it, as we found out when we were lucky enough to strap into a privately owned MP4-22 a few years ago. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.