Make that very limited. Only 19 examples of the F1 champion and runner-up’s individually-spec’ed commemorative editions will be produced, and each will be ‘one of a kind’ as it’s dedicated to one of the 19 circuits that made up the championship this year.
Lewis’s style is reflected in a car finished in designo night black magno, which is carried over to the exterior mirrors, door handles and wheels. Gold accents have also been applied to the lettering, fins and stripes on the rear bumper. Black and gold dominate the interior, too: gold-coloured stitching adorns the black nappa leather seats, the instrument panel and centre console are also covered in black designo Exclusive nappa leather, with the trim parts gleaming in gold.
Nico’s SL is finished in designo cashmere white magno, with contrasting highlights in designo himalayas grey.
Both cars come with the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine rated at 585hp, and the top speed limit of both has been raised to a championship level of 186mph.
The individuality of each car is enhanced by an illustration of its linked race track hand-embroidered into the floor mats, and engraved on a badge in the centre console as well as on the vehicle’s key.
In keeping with the F1 team spirit (says Mercedes), these exclusive edition vehicles will at first only be offered in pairs, and only to members of M-B’s ‘circle of excellence’. If (like us!) you’ve never heard of the circle, it’s probably safe to assume you’re not in it…
Purchasers will also receive a helmet worn by Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg, a Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton Edition IWC Ingenieur chronograph watch, an F1 book signed by both drivers and an invitation to the opening race of the 2015 season, in Melbourne. The vehicles will be handed over to their new owners at the German Grand Prix 2015.
What price such exclusivity? Half a million pounds for the pair.