It is no secret that Formula 1 drivers are handsomely compensated for their efforts on the track. It’s not surprising that some of them enjoy investing in hobbies or collections.
Lewis Hamilton’s private car collection is one such example. Given his rather exquisite paycheque, Hamilton has amassed one of the world’s most exclusive sports car collections.
However, Hamilton no longer drives these cars after he realised how it could harm the environment. He confessed this in an interview.
He said, “Some of it’s education because not everyone knows the footprint that our sport currently has and what we’re doing in terms of trying to improve that. But I’m making a lot of changes in my personal life. I don’t drive any of the cars that I own anymore. I only drive my (electric Mercedes) EQC.”
Hamilton is known for his spectacular car collection. Let’s take a deeper look into some of his premium supercars.
Pagani Zonda 760 LH
The Pagani Zonda 760 LH is a purple car custom-made for Hamilton, thus the LH at the end of the name. Although only a few were built, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 2.6 seconds, which isn’t surprising given its V12 engine and 760 horsepower.
Hamilton began his Formula One career with McLaren, and naturally, he is no stranger to the driving prowess of the British-built car. Even after leaving the team, he added a McLaren to his personal collection, purchasing an exclusive P1. McLaren produced only 375 of them, and thanks to its 903 horsepower, the car can reach 100km/h in 2.7 seconds. Hamilton spent a whopping $1.15 million.
The Brit owns a Ferrari LaFerrari, the iconic Ferrari marque’s first mild hybrid vehicles. Only 499 of the cars were produced, and Hamilton was one of the few who could afford one. It cost him a whopping $1.35 million.
1966 Shelby Mustang GT500
The Shelby Mustang is an iconic car, so it’s not surprising that it piqued Hamilton’s interest. It is based on the 1967 Mustang and is powered by a FE 427 cu in (7.0 L) 428 Cobra-Jet V8 engine with an aluminium mid-rise intake and 2X4-barrel 600 CFM Holley carburetors, producing 355 bhp (360 PS; 265 kW) at 5,400 rpm and 420 lbft (569 Nm) of torque at 3200 rpm.
Mercedes AMG G63
This vehicle’s one distinguishing feature is that it has six wheels, four of which are in the back. Even though it was no longer in production, Mercedes went to great lengths to build a new one for the British superstar.