The Top 10 Michael Schumacher cars
Seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher celebrates his 50th birthday today. AutoClassics picks out his best cars
Schumacher's Top 10 cars
Michael Schumacher remains the world’s most successful Formula 1 driver of all time with 7 world championship titles under his belt. He raised the sport’s bar for fitness, proved to be a master of tactics, and a cunning rival to all contenders. There is no doubting Schumacher's talent, as he turns 50 years old today.
To celebrate Schumacher’s milestone birthday we’ve put together a list of his top 10 cars.
10. Bugatti EB110 Super Sport
You spend your working day at speeds in excess of 200mph, what road legal machine could possibly gratify you on your way home? In Michael Schumacher’s case it was a bright yellow Bugatti EB110 Super Sport.
Once one of the fastest cars in the world, the EB110 SS produced 610bhp from a 3.5-litre quad-turbo V12 engine. Its top speed was said to be 220mph.
9. Ferrari FXX
The Ferrari FXX is a track-only variant of the Enzo that is used by select owners at events put on by the Italian marque. Data is gathered to help develop future Ferraris as the lucky 38 drivers lap various tracks around the world.
Upon his retirement from Ferrari’s Formula 1 team, after an illustrious career, Schumacher was gifted the only black example of an FXX ever produced.
8. Ferrari F310
This was Michael Schumacher’s first Ferrari after leaving Benetton, however, it didn’t replicate the successes he had become used to. The F310 proved uncompetitive, that said, Schumacher showed his talent and arguably outperformed the machine he was given.
7. Mercedes-Benz C11
Before entering Formula 1 Schumacher drove for Mercedes-Benz, most notably in this C11 Group C prototype. During the 1990 World Sportscar Championship he saw good success in the C11 scoring two second place finishes at Dijon and the Nürburgring, and a victory in Mexico. However, he was disqualified at the 480km of Silverstone for ‘outside assistance during practice’.
6. Jordan 191
This is the car in which Schumacher made his F1 debut at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. He qualified an impressive seventh, proving that he had the pace, but a clutch issue forced an early retirement come the race itself.
5. Mercedes-AMG W03
Michael Schumacher’s second F1 career wasn’t the dream comeback he’d hoped for, but by his third and final season with Mercedes he had helped establish today’s most dominant F1 team.
The W03 is a significant car as Schumacher would have claimed the 69th pole position of his career at Monaco had he not picked up a prior penalty. It was also the last F1 car he ever raced.
4. Benetton B194
The most controversial car of his career, Schumacher used the B194 to claim his first ever F1 title. However, there were always allegations that this racer contained outlawed traction control systems.
3. Ferrari F1-2000
This car finally granted Schumacher his first world championship title with Ferrari and ended the Prancing Horse’s 21 year wait for another driver's title. The F1-2000 marked a new era for Ferrari with Schumacher leading the team to unbeaten glory for another four years.
2. Ferrari F2002
This car might have had to wait until the third race of 2002 to make its debut, but you can’t rush perfection. Packed full of new technologies such as a clutchless direct shift gearbox, a fluid traction control system and periscopic exhaust exits to manipulate the airflow, the F2002 had many technological advantages over its rivals.
Between its driver it went on to win all but one of the races left in the season. It even won its last race at the 2003 San Marino Grand Prix after a briefly extended career.
1. Ferrari F2004
Despite being 15 years-old, this V10 powered car has only just had its grip relinquished of some of F1's fastest lap records. It helped Schumacher gain his final driver's title in 2004 with an incredible 13 race victories, with Schumacher and long-time team-mate Rubens Barrichello only being beaten at two circuits.
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