Formula 1 cars are marvels of engineering and, to our eye, stunning works of art. Any single part on a car like the Red Bull RB6 would look right at home in the MoMA, and now you can put one in your living room.
Red Bull racing and Racing Gold are offering a limited-edition run of objets d’art crafted from components taken straight from the team’s F1 cars. Like everything else in Formula 1, everything in the “Part of the Team” collection is ridiculously expensive, but the proceeds benefit the Wings for Life spinal cord research foundation.
All of the parts were used by the team at some point, though it’s not clear if the parts come from this season’s cars. The artwork is hand-crafted and numbered.
“At the very heart of Formula One is the art of creating the perfect racing car,” said Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing team principal. “The Part of the Team collection reveals elements of the car which are vital, often unseen, but actually quite stunning. These pieces are extremely special, highly desirable and would be a fascinating talking point in any room.”
Our favorite is the floor lamp fashioned from an exhaust system (pictured above). It’d be on its way to San Francisco right now if we had 19 grand lying around. Expensive, yes, but it includes a visit to the Red Bull Racing factory in England.
The lamp is one of just one of 13 custom pieces available for F1 fans with deep enough pockets. More pics below.
Photos: Art Direction Realise Creative / Photography Thomas Butler
Don’t need a floor lamp? How about an LED desk lamp made from suspension pushrods. All that carbon fiber and alloy goodness can be yours for just $4,800.
This exhaust header coffee table would be front and center in our living room if we had $6,200.
Now this is just bad-ass: A coat rack fashioned from the wheel and brake assembly. The brown bit is the wood upright you hang your stuff on. Using the axle would have been far cooler. The $11,600 price tag includes a trip the factory.
We have no idea what these were before becoming a salt and pepper shaker set, but they sure look cool. They’re yours for $2,500.
Truth be told, there’s nothing in this collection we can afford. This set of napkin rings — fashioned from what appear to be bearings, or maybe transmission components — is the least expensive item in the collection, but it’ll still set you back about $1,100.