Lewis Hamilton is a British Formula One racing driver, currently part of the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. Hamilton is a five-time World Champion and is often regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers in history. F1’s Managing Director Ross Brawn has insisted Hamilton is “rewriting” F1’s history and deserves the majority credit for Mercedes’ run of six consecutive Constructors’ titles. Hamilton’s net worth is around $207 million, making him one of the richest sports figures in the UK, just behind David Beckham. So you may ask – what does an F1 racer drive when off the course? His first car was a used Mini Cooper but has been since replaced. Hamilton owns several vehicles these days – here’s a quick snapshot of five cars from his garage.
Pagani Zonda 760 LH
The “LH” at the end of the car is in honor of Lewis Hamilton himself. Every inch of this supercar has been customized and is specifically designed for him. Pagani Motors has only produced 13 cars in total. While they’re all pretty similar in features, most have been customized and enhanced. Hamilton’s masterpiece comes with a special purple paint job (both inside and out), a carbon body and a 7.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 petrol engine. It can reach a top speed of 217mph and go from 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds. This car has a value of $2.6 million.
One of the most expensive cars in the Lewis garage, the LaFerrari is the most advanced and best performance car built by Ferrari. It also happens to be the most anticipated sports car in the world and comes packed with in-build hybrid tech. The sports car manufacturer built only 499 units so far. Of course, this one sports a red paint-job on the outside and you’ll see a combination of red/black interiors. The LaFerrari has a 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 petrol engine with an electric motor. It can reach a top speed of 350km/h and go from 0-100km/h in under 3 seconds! This car’s value ranges from $2.1 to $3.9 million – depending on the customization.
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
The 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra is one of the most expensive and rarest cars in the Ford line-up, due to limited production numbers. 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra is one of the most expensive and rarest cars in the Ford line-up. It reaches a top speed of 165 mph and goes from -60mph in 4.2 seconds. This car value ranges from $1.4 to $1.6 million.
This sports car was released to the public in 2013. Hamilton acquired it by 2015 for $1.15 million. The car itself is said to use Formula One technology and even has a KERS system that was used in F1. The McLaren P1 is one of Hamilton’s fastest cars and is also rare since only 375 of them were ever produced.
Vision Mercedes Maybach 6
Unveiled in 2016, Hamilton managed to get his hands on the Cabriolet version for $300,000. This futuristic car features an all-electric powertrain with a claimed range of over 200 miles. The concept car has a quoted electric output of 738 hp, with a claimed limited top speed of 155 mph. It’s said to go from 0-62 mph in less than 4 seconds.
These are all covetable cars that many of us would love to own and drive. Hamilton owns them but doesn’t necessarily love them since he criticizes them quite often in interviews. He stated that the Shelby he owns “is beautiful but a heap of junk” (BI 2018), as well as that the “The Zonda is terrible to drive” (BI 2018). Pretty interesting statements about some very expensive and exotic cars. There does seem to be one car Hamilton may love – a Mercedes SL200 Gullwing. There’s only one problem, Hamilton doesn’t own it yet. Let’s hope once he does add it to his collection it’s actually up to his standards.