Last chance to nab a Mercedes F1 motor

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Gordon Murray’s new V-12 is said to use Formula 1 technology, but you could grab yourself a real piece of Grand Prix engineering with this 2004 Mercedes V-10 that’s up for auction by RM Sotheby’s. You’ll have to move F1-fast as the sale ends today.

The 3.0-liter engine was estimated to produce 900 hp at a screaming 18,300 rpm and is of the type fitted to the McLaren MP4-19, designed by Adrian Newey and raced by Kimi Räikönen and David Coulthard.

Offered without reserve the engine is predicted to fetch €40,000-€60,000 ($46,100-$69,200).

However, there are a couple of catches: first you’ll have to arrange collection from Germany, and second it is missing pistons and connecting rods. So rather than powering your next project, it may well just end up being a rather pricey coffee table base.

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