The Bennetton Renault B195 that helped Michael Schumacher win his second World Championship is expected to sell for £2.6million
The stunning F1 car that helped Michael Schumacher win his second world title is set to go on sale for £2.6million.
The 1995 Bennetton Renault B195 was driven to victory by Schumacher, who won nine of the 17 Grands Prix that season.
It was bought by a British F1 enthusiast who had it fully restored and fitted with a 700hp Judd V10 engine.
Expected to spark a bidding war when it comes up for auction at Artcurial in Paris, France, the incredibly rare engine will go on sale on February 3rd.
The 1995 Bennetton Renault B195 (pictured) was driven to victory by Schumacher, who won nine of the 17 Grands Prix that season
The stunning piece of machine was bought by a British F1 enthusiast who had it fully restored
Schumacher competed in Formula 1 for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes.
The German shares a joint record of seven world titles with Lewis Hamilton and the record for the highest total number of fastest laps.
He announced his retirement in 2012, but a year later the racer became paralyzed after hitting his head in a skiing accident.
A spokeswoman for the auctioneers said: “The car we are presenting is the Benetton B195 No. 02, one of the Benettons with which Schumacher drove to his nine victories in the 1995 season and with which he became Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Champion.
“It is difficult to find accurate information on the victories each VIN claimed in the 1995 season, but we can be sure that none. 02 won several Grands Prix and contributed to the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles.
Michael Schumacher started in Formula 1 for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes
Speed: The enthusiast fitted the stunning F1 car with a 700hp Judd V10 engine
The Bennetton Renault B195 helped Michael Schumacher to his second world championship title
“For 1995 the car was powered by the 3-litre Renault RS7 V10 engine. When its owner bought the car in England, where it was competing in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it no longer had its Renault engine and was fitted with a Judd V10.
“After buying the car, the owner, a leading collector of Formula 1 cars, gave it to his team of mechanics to give it a complete overhaul and get it running so he could race it in various events such as: . courses.
“This single-seater in its Mild Seven livery is a monument, a testament to one of Michael Schumacher’s most brilliant seasons and to Benetton’s instinctive belief in the emerging talent of this promising young driver.”
The incredibly rare engine is said to spark a bidding war when it comes to an auction at Artcurial in Paris, France
A spokeswoman for the auctioneers said: “This single-seater in its Mild Seven livery is a monument, a testament to one of Michael Schumacher’s most brilliant seasons.”
Rare find: The impressive engine that helped Schumacher to his second world title goes on sale in France on February 3
The outstanding car took part in the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England
Schumacher has a combined record of seven drivers’ world titles, level on points with Lewis Hamilton