According to the seller it is the very car which Michael Schumacher used in the last race of the season, when he infamously crashed into title rival Damon Hill.
A bidding war has broken out for the Benetton B194 pushing the price up to £2.34m (€2.6m) with six days left before the auction closes.
The seller says the chassis is “the F1 race car with which Michael Schumacher won his first Formula One Driver’s Championship at the Adelaide GP of Australia.” That suggests it is chassis B194/8 which he started the race with. He damaged his original chassis in a crash in Friday practice and the team had to build a new car from another monocoque.
Interestingly, the car is described as being: “in condition as in the 1994 Formula One season with paddle shift and traction control.”
The B194 was at the centre of controversy in 1994 when it was alleged the team were using a traction control system, which had been banned at the end of 1993. The car was found to have a hidden traction control system under a blank menu option – but the team went unpunished.
Schumacher won eight races in 1994 in the B194 (not all of them in this car). He also finished first at Spa but was disqualified.
More information on the car from the seller:
The car is in racing condition, with the painting and sponsoring scheme as in 1994.
The engine was overhauled by Langford Performance Engineering / Wellingborough (UK) and was since then just running a few minutes for test and check reasons.
As you can see on the pictures, there are a lot of spare parts with the car. The pictured boxes are full with brake, suspension, gear and axle parts. Also the complete starter equipment is with the car, including the pre-heat unit and the hydraulic charging unit. (see last two pictures). Even with the car are two sets of wheels (the mounted for raining condition and a set of slicks), front and rear wing and a laptop with software for configuration of the race car. This is just a small and exemplary list of parts, it’s a further bigger amount of parts with it.
For some F1 Grand Prix of the 1994 season absolved with this car are the FIA scrutineer passes given with the car.
The car is located in Canada / Toronto, a visit is possible and welcome.
Import duty and VAT for Germany are paid by the seller, car shipment will be done after a 30% pay down on the price of sale.
If you’ve got two-and-a-half million pounds burning a hole in your pocket, and some room in your garage, you can make a bid here.
Here’s some more pictures of Schumacher’s championship-winning 1994 Benetton-Ford B194:
Read the 1994 F1 season review