THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR F1 FANS?
The ultimate Christmas present for F1 fans? Massive Scalextric-style track to be sold at auction for an estimated £23,000 (the same price as a VW Golf)
• The slot car racing circuit was created for F1 organisers to be used in the fan paddock during the 2018 season
• The estimated cost of building it is in the region of $100,000 (£77,000) given the high-quality of detail
• It has its own built-in lap timer and cameras and can be disassembled into two pieces for storage
• RM Sotheby's will offer it to the highest bidder at the Abu Dhabi car auction on 30 November
Looking for the ultimate Christmas present for a kid - or an adult - who's fanatical about Formula One? This might be what you're looking for, if you have an extraordinarily large budget.
It's a huge slot-car racing track that was commissioned by the organisers of F1 to travel the 2018 calendar for spectators and fans to play in the paddock.
But soon you could have it in your home - given you'll need quite a bit of space - as it's being auctioned to the highest bidder at the end of the month. And it's expected to fetch up to £23,000, which is the same as a new VW family hatchback.
It was put together by Slot Mod Raceway based in Detroit, Michigan and is built out of wood to a 1:32 scale though isn't based entirely on one circuit that features on the Formula One calendar.
During its time in the paddock, numerous drivers and other important figures in the series have used this very slot car track, the lot listing reveals.
It's only designed for two cars to be raced against each other at a time - even though there are plenty of modern sets that let users race four or more at a time - but has been kitted out with a host of features.
Not only does it have a built-in electronic lap timer so you can race the clock as well as the competition, but it also has tiny fixed on-track cameras that show the close-up action on screens provided with the structure.
RM Sotheby's will be offering it at a the upcoming Abu Dhabi sale - the first sizable collectible car auction the region's ever hosted - on 30 November, which is the eve of the final F1 race of the season at Yas Marina.
The estimated sale price has been predicted as $20,000 to $30,000, roughly £15,500 to £23,000.
That means it could cost someone around the same as a brand new Volkswagen Golf.
The auction house described the set as being 'hand-built in nearly every respect' and 'a labour of love crafted by artists and takes roughly three to six months to complete'.
'This track features hand-painted race fans, bespoke buildings, foliage lining the circuit, and much more. It is incredible to behold, even more so to enjoy,' it added.
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