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Buy Michael Schumacher's Rookie F1 Car

In 1991, Michael Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut with the Jordan team, completed exactly one lap before the car broke down, then switched to Benetton for the rest of the season. It was in this half season that he established himself as a driver worthy of building a team around, and he did it in this exact Benetton B191-5. It's currently for sale, if you've got a cool mil sitting around.

In this car, in his first race ever at the legendary high speed Monza circuit, Schumacher revealed his intentions as a future world champion. First, he out-qualified his teammate, triple world champion Nelson Piquet, then he tried to hold off the incomparable Ayrton Senna in his championship-winning McLaren.

Powered by a venerable Ford Cosworth V8, the Benetton pushes out 640 hp. Inside a car made almost entirely from carbon fiber, that's more than enough to send you beyond any reasonable limit of "sane" driving. Those sparks you see are the result of the front wing pushing down so hard on the car that it scrapes the pavement.


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's actually touched a Benetton F1 car in real life, but he was told he couldn't sit in it.