He brings seven championships, 100 F1 victories and a passion for sports cars with a track record; which models stole, even for a while, the heart of the British pilot
He is one of the best paid car drivers in the world , and he enters the list of cases in which profession and passion are aligned and end up being the main reason for the time invested in the day to day. Lewis Hamilton can officially define himself as the man who achieved 100 Formula 1 victories , who also has the most utopian collection of cars in the automotive registry.
The beginning of his hobby as a collector dates back to his arrival in F1, in 2007, when he began to make a career in the world of maximum speed. His repertoire of shots includes everything from supercars and classics, to sandboxes and motorcycles . “I don’t know anything about wine, and little about art; but I do know cars, and I’m very picky about them ,” Hamilton said publicly.
In addition to being possibly the most fanciful a car fanatic can dream of, the Hamilton collection is the most well-cared for . The Brit takes care of his cars so much that, as confirmed by some media, when for some reason he cannot take them back to his house, he hires a tow truck to do the job. An approximate value of almost US$18 million is estimated for the collection; and the members of it are divided between three locations: Monaco , where he currently resides; London , where its origins are; and Los Angeles, a city he frequently visits for vacations.
These are some of the most emblematic models that passed through the garage of the icon of the automotive world:
This model shows that love goes beyond differences. Hamilton parted ways with the McLaren team in Formula 1, but decided to keep more than just a shared past. In 2015, a P1 priced at US$2.7 million , and painted in an electric blue that does not go unnoticed, became part of his stock of shots.
The model has a 3.8-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine, coupled with an electric one , enabling it to have a power of 903 CV, and reach a maximum speed of 347 kilometers per hour , being able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.7 seconds.
Mercedes SLS Black Series
It is the successor to the SL 65 Black Series, and only 350 examples were made. One of them is in its red version and rests in the Hamilton garage. In the world of the German firm, they refer to him as the most radical in the history of the SLS, and even as one of the best Mercedes. It has a 6.2-liter V8 engine , capable of producing 631 hp, going from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, and reaching 315 km/h. The limited edition model has a body 70 kilos lighter than the stock one, and superior aerodynamics.
Mercedes AMG GT R
Following in the footsteps of Mercedes, this is the second most powerful variant of the AMG GT for the street. With 585 hp, it is capable of reaching a top speed of 318 km/h and accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. Hamilton uses this two-seater sports car in its white version to get around when he is at his home in Los Angeles. Its drag coefficient of 0.35 is the lowest on the AMG GT.
Ferrari 599 GTO
Like any fan of irons, it was to be expected that Hamilton would have one of the creations from the Maranello headquarters, and it is not just any, nor the last in his collection . The 599 GTO is listed as one of the best Ferraris in history. It combines elegant bodywork with a naturally aspirated V12 engine that draws all eyes as it enters the scene. Its value exceeds half a million dollars.
If the concepts “exclusivity” plus “Ferrari ” were added, this would be the result. Having a Ferrari LaFerrari on the acquisition list is something to brag about. Hamilton’s is painted in a Rosso Fuoco , one of the Italian firm’s most characteristic reds.
Since his debut in F1, Hamilton had no choice but to classify himself as Ferrari’s opponent, but as the saying “from enemies to lovers” marks, love blossomed; and Mercedes did not feel in a position to prevent the number 1 from having a Mediterranean taste .
The model whose value exceeds one million dollars, is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 347 km/h, and on its way out it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds, officially becoming the fastest car that the Briton has in his garage.
Far from detaching itself from the filters of fame and exclusivity, the Shelby Cobra is one of the most replicated models in automotive history. Therefore, having a 100% original is almost impossible, unless you have the status of consecutive Formula 1 winner; and have more than five million dollars in hand .
Hamilton’s is a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 , in its classic black color. Following his own logic, this American icon also resides at his Los Angeles residence. Its V8 engine of Ford origin has 7 liters and reaches 431 CV.
Pagani Zonda 760LH
This is one of the emblems in the Hamilton collection, although it is no longer part of it. In a purple made especially for the prince of F1, combined with carbon fiber bodywork, the unit was a personal commission from Pagani.
With a naturally aspirated V12 engine of 7.3 liters and 760 hp, it is equipped with a manual gearbox at the express request of the pilot. During the 10 years that it was his, Hamilton’s baby was a regular customer of the Pagani technical service in San Cesario sul Panaro, where they checked it annually and made sure that both the mechanics and the bodywork were more than good.
The McLaren F1 is a three-seater dihedral two-door coupé supercar, designed by Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens. The competition versions participated in the 24 hours of Le Mans and it was the first car to win the test on its debut. It is said that it was born to kill boredom and its name comes from a joke about the Ferrari F40 ; although once the product was finished, it turned out to be the opposite of a joke, and became, at the time, the fastest production car in the world. Hamilton’s is chassis 44 , after his F1 number. Painted silver , he was seen driving around with the jewel in Los Angeles.