Max Verstappen, the current Formula One world champion, is well-equipped. Verstappen has an enormous collection of exotic and exorbitant hypercars that would make any auto enthusiast salivate, as befits a multimillionaire racing athlete. His fleet of Aston Martin vehicles includes the DBX, DB11, Vantage, and the stunning Valkyrie hypercar. Italian beauties like the Ferrari 488 Pista and the limited-edition Monza SP2 fast, an open-top racecar with vintage-inspired appearance, are also housed in Verstappen’s garage. In terms of automobiles, Verstappen’s $53 million per year Red Bull contract could cover all of their costs and then more.
Verstappen’s impressive auto collection’s jewel is not a vehicle. It features three wheels, a single door, and room for eight to twelve people. Verstappen owns a private aircraft, in case you hadn’t guessed by now, and he utilised it to travel to every Grand Prix racetrack in 2021. From the opening race of the season in Bahrain, through races in Italy, France, and the US, to the contentious race in Abu Dhabi, when he won his first-ever F1 championship.
Luxury to the skies
For an undisclosed fee in 2020, Max Verstappen purchased Sir Richard Branson’s Dassault Falcon 900 EX. Its three Honeywell TFE731-60 turbofan engines give it a 5,437-mile range, a top speed of 482 knots (555 mph), and a cruise speed of 528 mph. Verstappen reportedly paid close to $16 million, nearly four times the price of a limited-edition Bugatti Chiron, according to Auto Evolution. For the money, you get a plane with more than a century’s worth of aviation experience, providing an incredible blend of dependable and effective performance in the large business jet category (per Elliot Jets).
However, Verstappen’s private jet’s maintenance is its most alluring aspect. According to the Sports Rush, servicing the damn thing reportedly costs between $1 million and $2 million year, or for every 500 hours of flight time. It’s unclear whether this sum includes hangar fees and crew wages. That’s a lot more than the $20,000 to $25,000 an oil change costs for Bugatti owners, but if you’re making more money than 99 percent of the world’s population, it looks like five- or six-figure maintenance bills are nothing.