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How much does it cost to repair an F1 car?

Every time you're thrilled by an amazing Formula 1 crash, be thankful the repair costs are not claimed on your car insurance.

Going fast is something F1 cars do better than any other vehicle. They’re like rockets strapped to wheels, strapped to completely crazy humans. The top teams spend upwards of $450 million a year on the championship, sparing no expense in eking out an extra hundredth of a second from every corner. It makes you wonder what it costs when, in pursuit of that micro-second advantage, they have a crash. A bump. A jolt. A loving embrace with a foot-thick concrete wall.

PartRepair cost
Carbon fiber monocoque chassis$650,000
Cooling system$160,000
Front wing & nose cone$160,000
Telemetry software$130,000
Fuel tank & assembly$110,000
Rear wing & DRS overtaking aid$80,000
Steering wheel$50,000
Brake disc & pad$4,500

Bottom line

If you’re thinking of picking up an F1 car on eBay any time soon, consider some of the costs simply for the raw parts. We shudder at the thought of adding labor expenses or even car insurance to the total.

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