There is something alluring about the screeching wail of a Formula 1 car at redline. One of these most famous cars, the 1998 F300 Formula 1 race car was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson earlier this week.
This ’98 Ferrari F300 was driven 38 times by Michael Schumacher, who’s currently in a medically induced coma and listed in stable condition after a skiing accident.
This particular example is number three of nine total built for the ’98 season. Powering it is a TIPO 047. It is a 80-degree V10 engine that milled out an impressive 805 hp at 17500 RPMs.
This car won Schumacher 6 races and 11 podiums. “The car is in pristine condition,” said the Barrett-Jackson description of the F300. “It is worthy of being displayed in the Smithsonian, toured with world-class events, donated to charitable causes, kept in private collections or driven with the Ferrari F1 Clienti Program. Accompanied by its Classiche certificate and Ferrari documents showing the car was driven by Michael Schumacher 38 times, this car has been fully restored by Ferrari and is eligible for a number of historic events.”
The Formula One Clienti program maintains and restores Formula One racers from 1970 to date, and organizes events for training, testing and non-competitive racing for owners of these cars. The sole purpose of the Formula One Clienti is to provide a memorable experience to these owners, who are well heeled and are capable of running with each other at speeds of over 300kmph.
After it was all said and done, bidding ended at $1.7 million (plus another 10 percent in fees).