RM Sotheby’s offers a Benetton B192 Formula 1 car for sale. This is your chance to get your hands on a very special car. The B192 brought Michael Schumacher to his first win, and six of his staggering 155 Formula one podiums.
The Benetton B192 was designed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne and it was used by racedrivers Michael Schumacher and Martin Brundle in the 1992 F1 season. This vehicle played a big role in Schumacher’s career. It was the successor and an improved version of the B191, the car in which Schumacher drove to his first two podiums in 1991. Martin Brundle said the B192 is a lot easier to handle than its predecessor. “It is less heavy on the wheel, as the B191 felt like a bathtub with a loose wheel sometimes,” according to Brundle.
A piece of history
The B192 is powered by a Ford Cosworth 3.5L V8. It revs to 11,500-13,800 rpm and the power output ranges from 615 to 730 bhp. The B192 did not have ABS and traction control like its opponents. But it still was quite competitive during the F1 season in 1992. The car put Michael Schumacher in the spotlights, when he won his first F1 race at Spa-Francorchamps, after a clever pit strategy. Benetton finished 3rd in the constructor’s championship ’92, with Schumacher finishing 3rd in the driver’s championship. He even scored more points than Ayrton Senna that year. Even though Team Benetton’s glorious years had yet to come, I think it’s clear to see why this car carries an important piece of history with it. And now RM Sotheby’s offers the chance to buy this piece of history. They’re auctioning chassis B192-01; the estimated revenue is €550.000 – €750.000.
The perfect example that you can still have a lot of fun with this 26 years old car, is the other chassis; B192-02. In the past few years, the second chassis attended several historic racing events. It was seen at Donington Park, Goodwood, Silverstone, Brands-Hatch and Zandvoort for example. Beneath that, I photographed it at a militairy airbase in the Netherlands, during Wings and Wheels 2017. If you look at the pictures closely, you’ll see that the driver wears a pink helmet with tinkerbell stickers on it. Is that a weird detail? Nope, this B192 is just driven by a girl! And why wouldn’t she? The Benetton B192 is one of the last Formula one cars that can be driven without extensive assistance of a manufacturer or team.
If you want to get it, you gotta be fast. RM Sotheby’s will offer the Benetton B192-01 in Monaco, at the 12th of may. So go ahead and place your bids while you can! But if you’re lucky enough to get it, please promise me to be as awesome as the people who own chassis B192-02.