A millionaire's boy toy.
From the Senna to the 675LT, McLaren makes some of the best track-focused supercars on the market right now. Unfortunately, McLaren has been having a rough time lately. The British automaker has been on the brink of financial ruin and recently recalled several models in the US. Things are looking brighter for McLaren's F1 team, however. Last year, McLaren finished third in the World Constructors' Championship. Not only did McLaren beat Ferrari, but this was the team's best result since 2012. At the time of writing, McLaren is in third place in the 2021 Constructor's Standings following Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris's one-two finish at last weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
Very few people are fortunate enough to experience what it's like to drive a Formula One car, but a rare opportunity has come up to own Kimi Raikkonen's 2002 McLaren MP4-17D just after the Finnish driver announced he will retire after the end of the current F1 season.
Designed by Adrian Newey, Mike Coughlan, Neil Oatley, and Peter Prodromou, the McLaren MP4-17D is powered by a 3.0-liter Mercedes-sourced FO110M V10 engine. When the engine was tested on a dyno in 2001, it produced an eye-watering 845 horsepower at 18,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a McLaren-designed seven-speed longitudinal automatic sequential gearbox. Providing the stopping power are Hitco brake discs and AP Racing brake calipers, while the front and rear suspension are fitted with double wishbones, and an inboard torsion bar and damper system.
Chassis number MP4-17A-06 that's heading to auction made its race debut at the European Grand Prix in June 2002 and raced seven times in the 2002 season. Kimi Raikkonen qualified in sixth place and finished in third place behind Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello.
It then raced at the British Grand Prix but failed to finish due to an engine problem. Its most successful race was at the French Grand Prix on Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, where Raikkonen finished in second place followed by his teammate David Coulthard in third. Chassis MP4-17A-06 also finished third at the US Grand Prix with Coulthard behind the wheel.
For the 2003 season, McLaren upgraded the race car to make it more competitive. These improvements resulted in Coulthard achieving first place at the Australian Grand Prix on the Albert Park Circuit. It also finished second place on the Imola and Suzuka circuit during the 2003 season. In total, the car raced 12 times across the 2002 and 2003 seasons, racking up one first-place finish, three 2nd- and two 3rd-place finishes. Configured in its original 2002 MP4-17A specification with a West livery, Kimi Raikkonen's 2002 McLaren Formula 1 is expected to fetch between 2 and 2.5 million Swiss Francs ($2,179,836-$2,724,795 USD) at RM Sotheby's St. Moritz auction in Switzerland on September 17.