“Drive like Lewis Hamilton on the road for just $110,000?” – Can you buy a road-legal Formula 1 car?

"Drive like Lewis Hamilton in the streets for just $110,000?"- Can you buy yourself a Formula 1 car that's legal for driving on road?

Many Formula 1 fans have dreams of driving a real F1 car, just like Lewis Hamilton and their other favorite drivers do.

Driving an F1 car on the road is very difficult for obvious reasons. Factors that could cause problems include height, suspension and engine. However, it is nothing that is unknown.

That Mastercard Lola F1 Team competed in just one race in the 1997 F1 Championship. It should remain their only mission, after which they decided to withdraw from the sport for financial and technical reasons. However, the team is also known for taking the initiative to build Formula 1’s first ever road car, the F1R.

Lola’s F1 car was so bad that it couldn’t even qualify for the race, being 13 seconds down. As a result, MasterCard canceled its sponsorship deal after just one race. The team still had spare parts to use, so they decided to start this project.

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Can you legally buy a real Formula 1 car to drive on the road?

Primarily they used the body and some other components to make the exterior of the car. The biggest challenge of making it legal started after that as the regulations of an F1 car are drastically different than legal street cars.

F1 cars don’t have high suspension so there would be problems with speed bumps if you had the same ones. As a result, engineers increased the height by about 5 cm. The engine was a 2.0 liter four cylinder Cosworth engine that would produce 370 hp.

Engineers used components from various sports cars to complete the F1R. It was a significantly weaker version of a real Formula 1 car, but one that definitely looked and performed like it.

The car was put up for sale back in 2016 but not much has been heard about it or if it has been used since then. Luxury auction house Bonhams estimated the price of the car at between $75,000 and $117,000. At the time of listing the F1R had only 25 miles on it which means it hasn’t been used very much.

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