Happen to miss out on that Michael Schumacher Formula One car that was auctioned by RM Sotherby's at the end of last year? Well, never fear because here's your chance of owning Aryton Senna's iconic McLaren MP4/8A Formula One car instead.
Preserved in perfect working condition, this highly recognisable Formula One car is the very car that Aryton Senna used to win the 1993 Monaco Grand Prix – Ayrton’s final time at the illustrious Monte Carlo based circuit. Arguably the most recognisable of all the car’s driven by a driver considered to be the greatest racing driver of all-time; Senna won all three of his World Championship titles in a McLaren that wore that red and white livery.
Used throughout 1993 by Aryton, the MP4/8A utilised a Cosworth-built ‘HB’ V8 engine that was loaned to McLaren on a last-minute agreement with Ford. The engine was paired with ground-breaking (for the time) technology such as an ‘active’ suspension system, a semi-automatic gearbox and a traction control system.
At the start of the season, Aryton had been impressed by the handling on offer from the innovative racing car but worried that the V8 of the McLaren would be underpowered when compared to the Renault V10 that powered the likes of Williams.
That didn’t stop Senna achieving some fantastic results, however; demonstrating his incredible skill as a racing driver, Aryton won three of the first six races and led the championship until just after the Canadian Grand Prix. Unfortunately, Senna didn’t end up winning the 1993 World Championship, due to a slower pace during the second half of the season, but he did manage to take victory at the last two races in the season and ultimately secure second place in the Drivers’ Championship.
Senna won a total of six times at the Monaco Grand Prix – a record that still stands today. With that in mind, it seems only right that the car is being auctioned by Bonhams in Monaco on the 11th May 2018. There is currently no estimate of the price that the auction will close at but, when you consider that Schumacher’s F2001 recently sold for $7.5million, we imagine that it could be around that figure.