Mercedes Racer heads to Valley

A famous race car is coming to the Cowichan Valley this weekend.

The 780 bhp F1 Mercedes Mobil 1 Racer, driven by Mika Hakkinen and debuted at the 1998 Australian Grand Open, will be at Mobil 1 Lube Express in Duncan from Aug. 28-31.

Manager Avery Graham described the event as "very exciting."

It is being brought in by oil supplier

Enex Fuels for a coveted Island tour, she said.

This car, the McLaren MP4/13, was designed by Adrian Newey and Neil Oatley and was debuted at the 1998 Australian Grand Prix. It was used during the 1998 Formula 1 season by drivers David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen and noticeably outclassed the competition.

It left every competitor at least a lap behind due to the state of the art aerodynamic design and most powerful engine on the circuit produced

by Mercedes, boasted sponsors Mobil 1. Ferrari’s F300 quickly redesigned their race car to mimic the McLaren for the more technical circuits by maximizing the car’s aerodynamic grip over the mechanical grip. While Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher put up a good fight, Hakkinen became the world champion that year along with winning the championship.

So, check it out at 2933 Drinkwater Rd. and imagine the rush of driving it.

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