First ever public auction for rare Foggy Petronas FP1 superbike

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If you have a fondness for the ultra-rare or the risk of meeting someone else who has the same special edition superbike as you is too much to bear, then you’re in luck. 

Silverstone Auctions will be offering the first ever public auction of a Foggy Petronas FP1  road bike on February 23, at the Race Retro Classic Car Sale. However, you’ll need deep pockets as the bike is expected to reach £30-35,000.

In case you don’t know what a Foggy Petronas is, let’s give you some background. The bike came about as a result of an ambitious plan between Petronas and four-time World Superbike champion, Carl Fogarty.

In order to abide by homologation rules and be eligible to race the partnership had to manufacture 150 road-going versions of its three-cylinder, fire-spitting FP1 racer. The bikes were manufactured by Essex-based engineering firm, MSX International, around a Suter Racing 899.5cc four-stroke, triple engine that produced 127.4 hp at 10,000rpm and 92 Nm of torque at 9,7000rpm.

But after four seasons of World Superbike racing finished in 2006 and a reported £30 million budget has been spent, the bike failed to win a race but did come close on one occasion. 

Even rarer than silverware were sightings of its street variant. Just 150 examples (50 for racing, 100 for public sale) were made in 2002, so this is pretty much one of the most exclusive rides on the market today. Incredibly, this particular bike has only covered 7 kilometres since it was built, so is basically a brand new bike. 

The FP1 came dripping in the best chassis components available at the time, such as Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes and OZ Racing wheels, all wrapped up in distinctive designed carbon fibre bodywork.

So if you fancy something just a little different for the next Friday morning ride, then get yourself to the UK for the auction. Alternatively, the bike will also be on display at the Carole Nash stand at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show at London’s ExCeL on February 15-17.

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