2013 Mercedes-AMG W04
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Las Vegas, Nevada | November 17, 2023
Mercedes-Benz took quite the hiatus from Formula One, departing in 1955 after murdering a bunch of spectators. They returned as an engine supplier in the 1990s, but didn’t come back with a full team effort until the 2010 season, a year after purchasing reigning champions Brawn GP.
After three somewhat disappointing seasons, they showed up in 2013 with this, the W04 that was to be fielded by drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It would take them to second in the constructors championship, bettering the fifth they achieved the year prior. It was clear they were onto something, as the following year they would win the championship… and then keep doing so year after year after that.
The W04 is powered by a 2.4-liter V8 with a KERS system that can produce 750 horsepower (or 830 with the KERS enabled). All while revving to a cool 18,000 rpm. This was the last season of F1 to feature V8 engines. The race history for this chassis, #F1W04-04 includes:
- 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix – 3rd (with Lewis Hamilton)
- 2013 Chinese Grand Prix – 3rd (with Hamilton)
- 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix – 1st (with Hamilton)
- 2013 Belgian Grand Prix – 3rd (with Hamilton)
This chassis was actually used in 14 races that year. It has somehow escaped Mercedes’ hands and has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000,000-$15,000,000. Click here for more info.