Incredible McLaren Formula One car goes on sale on eBay

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Track enthusiasts are usually limited to low budget, lightweight sports cars, such as the Ariel Atom, in which they try to emulate the successes of their racing heroes.

However, an interesting example of an early 2000s Formula One car has recently come up for sale on online auction site, eBay, and motorsport enthusiasts are no doubt scrambling to get their hands on it.

During its heyday the McLaren would have been able to reach 60mph from a standstill in a blistering sub-2 seconds. Eight hundred-plus horsepower was put out from the car's rear wheels, as the mid-mounted engine propelled it to speeds of over 200mph.

Currently at $270,000 (£186,800), the McLaren has the potential to be turned into an incredible track weapon. Yet despite the high price, the buyer would have to source their own custom engine, as the screaming V10 which originally powered the racer has since been removed.

McLaren Formula One car goes on sale on eBay

McLaren Formula One car goes on sale on eBay


The car – which is reported to be currently located in Brazil – was apparently raced by Kimi Raikkonen during the 2003 season, the year in which the Ice Man came second in the drivers' championship, at only a few points behind Michael Schumacher.

That said, there is speculation whether this is the car's actual provenance, as its chassis number, MP4-15 SSC/96, indicates that it is from the 2000 season, and would have instead been piloted by either Mika Hakkinen or David Coulthard, Carscoops reported.

And to add even more confusion, there is also the possibility that the vehicle was a static show car that was never actually driven on track.