Marussia F1 Team Will Auction Off Everything
For a long while, Formula One has been a sport of luxury excess, big budgets, lavish accommodations, and the playboy lifestyle. But the sport has a darker side, and whether you call it administration or bankruptcy, many of the formula’s smaller or struggling teams have come to know it well. Marussia is one such team. And that’s why on Dec. 16 and 17, the Formula 1 outfit based in Banbury, United Kingdom, will liquidate all of its assets to the highest bidders. Bad news for them (and frankly the sport), but good news for anyone who wants a piece of F1 history. RELATED: Take a closer look at Mercedes' 2014 championship winning F1 car
The auction, administered by CA Global Partners, spans big ticket items such as full Marussia F1 cars (sans engines), large-scale prototype models, complete testing facilities and transport trucks, all the way down to shelving units, individual tools and even desk chairs. It all must go.
The current and past race cars would make a nice addition to any F1 addict’s garage, even without their engines. Though it’s probably blasphemy, a top-of-the-line V8 crate engine could supply any lucky bidder with all the power they might need at a local track day (providing it fits). The heavy-duty transport trucks, trailers, and motorhomes could be repurposed for practically any other motorsport endeavor, as could the countless arrays of high-tech manufacturing equipment and computers.
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But when you look through all the auction photos (and there are many), you begin to realize we’re not just talking about a struggling F1 team. We’re talking about the workplace for hundreds of highly trained professionals and the lifeblood for their families. Now Marussia F1 is little more than an empty office space and temporary storage area, and that’s rather depressing.
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