Having an entirely serviceable Formula One car at your disposal may be the stuff of dreams. But owning a championship-winning car driven by perhaps one of the greatest drivers in Formula One goes beyond that.
And for one lucky (and extremely rich) fellow, that can soon become a reality. Renowned auction house RM Sotheby is listing a Ferrari F2003-GA chassis 229. In case you're wondering, the chassis 229 is the very car that Michael Schumacher drove during the 2003 Formula One World Championship season.
Yes, this is the real deal. It's not a dummy, a test car, nor is it a spare – it's the one Schumi drove when he clinched his sixth F1 title at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix.
Michael Schumacher was onboard chassis 229 for five of his 91 total victories. And with the F2003-GA, Schumi never placed lower than 8th in the races he finished. The only race retirement the German F1 legend had with this car was in the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Compared to the current F1 cars with 1.6-liter V6 turbo hybrids, the F2003-GA is powered by a 3.0-liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine that puts out over 845 horsepower back in its heyday and revved up to an astronomical 19,000 rpm. If today's F1 cars hum, the V10-powered F2003-GA screams loudly.
In addition, the F2003-GA chassis 229 is in superb condition, as it was recently overhauled this year at the Maranello factory. The F1 car's V10 engine only ran for 238 kilometers – significantly less than the distance covered in a typical Grand Prix. Because of this, chassis 229 is also awarded the Ferrari “Red Book” certification, meaning it's in perfect condition.
Previously, three of Michael Schumacher's Formula One cars already fetched over USD 6 million. Once the F2003-GA goes under the hammer at RM Sotheby's auction this November 9 in Geneva, Switzerland, the car is expected to top that. So will we hear upwards of USD 10 million? Going once? Going twice?