How often do you get the chance to own a Formula One race car?
We’re used to seeing rare road-going exotics going under the hammer, but occasionally we also see historic race cars begging to be tamed on a track. None are arguably as famous or as desirable as this, however. Crossing the auction block in November is Ferrari’s F2001 Formula One car driven by the legendary Michael Schumacher that enabled him to win his fourth world championship. It’s not very often you get the chance to own a functional Formula One car, let alone one of the most dominant race cars ever made.
Ferrari’s F2001 race car was so competitive, it finished on the podium in every race it participated in. During the 2001 season, Schumacher secured nine race victories out of the seventeen rounds in the F2001, and his fourth world title out of seven during his prolific racing career of 91 grand prix wins. Ferrari’s F2001 race car was so unbeatable, that Schumacher finished the season with nearly double the number of points as his closest rival, McLaren’s David Coulthard. This period between 2000 and 2004 was particularly successful for Schumacher and Ferrari, which saw five consecutive constructor’s titles and records that "may never broken."
Today, the Ferrari F2001 is still fully functional. Powering the famed Ferrari racer is a 3.0-liter V10 that produces 900-horsepower and revs up to 18,500 rpm, emitting an ear-splitting sound that “will never be forgotten by any who heard it.” It certainly puts the subdued sound of modern F1 cars to shame. The F2001 can be entered in historic race events, as well as pre-arranged Corse Clienti events and track days hosted by Ferrari with F1 technicians and drivers on-hand. Sotheby's estimates that Schumacher’s F2001 will sell for over $4 million when it goes under the hammer at the Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York on November 16th.