The F1 R uses a 1996 Lola chassis, believed to be from the firm’s aborted 1997 F1 project, complete with its tub, wings, suspension, nose cone, body panels and radiator ducting. In place of the contemporaneous 3.0-litre normally-aspirated F1 lump, the F1 R was given a 2.0-litre turbocharged Cosworth YB engine, mated to a five-speed manual ‘box. Bonhams says the engine is currently tuned to deliver a reliable 370bhp – but that adjusting the turbo can substantially increase this.
The owner reports the car is good in traffic, very easy to drive and offers “tremendous” performance when required. And how does it cope with the lumps and bumps of modern roads? There is an adjustable ride height offering between 50-75mm of clearance – so speed humps are still probably a very bad idea. Like the pukka racing car it mostly really is, there are giant front and rear wings, both adjustable, to generate downforce.