A Foggy Petronas FP1 with just 7km on the clock has sold for £31,275 at the Race Retro show at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
One of the road bikes manufactured for Petronas by Essex-based engineering firm, MSX International, the bike uses a Suter Racing 899.5cc four-stroke, triple engine that produces 127bhp at 10,000rpm and 67.9ftlbs of torque at 9700rpm.
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Rolling on Öhlins suspension, OZ Racing wheels, Brembo braking hardware and wrapped in full carbon fibre bodywork, this bike is fresh out of storage. It’s also recently been serviced and given fresh fluids and a battery safety check.
The 2003 machine had been given a guide price of between £30,000 and £35,000 and is ready for road use (should the new owner want to ride it).
What’s more, the bodywork has also been restored and the Petronas livery re-applied by the manufacturer of the original machines. A combination of quality components, futuristic design and striking paint means the FP1 still looks great today.
In the description of the sale, the sellers went on to say: "The electronic dash is fully functional, the bike starts and runs cleanly and holds good oil pressure.
"This is a very attractive, well-engineered superbike from a bunch of rather optimistic enthusiasts and all the better for it. It's rather unlikely that you will see another one and it comes complete with Type Approval documentation and NOVA (Notification of Vehicle Arrival)."
Other ways to own an FP1
But this might not be the only chance you'll get this year to lay your hands on an FP1. British race car firm, Lanzante, have acquired a batch of FP1s, and are meticulously recommissioning them for sale.
They’re remaining tight-lipped about how many they have, and where they’ve come from, but claim they’re not part of the 129 bikes reputed to have been seized by the Malaysian government over unpaid taxes back in 2013.
In 2010 MCN discovered 60 FP1s in a storage facility in Essex, and these – plus 69 more – were sold to Momoto, who rebranded them MM1 and planned to sell the lot, but they were seized and then embroiled in a series of law suits. Lanzante say the first units are being dispatched right now.
Riding the Foggy Petronas
Back in 2006, MCN’s Sports Editor, Michael Guy, became the only Journalist to have ridden the FP1 World Superbike. He was then given the chance to ride one of two production machines available in Europe at that time on the road in 2012 in Switzerland.
Speaking in his original road test, the then WSB Reporter said: "Although the race team had engine braking issues, the road-going FP1 is stunning on the run into corners. The lower power triple and superb slipper clutch make it feel more two-stroke than big capacity four-stroke.
"The lack of engine braking is so acute that it takes time to adjust, necessitating the use of back brake into the turn to help get the bike balanced.
"The chassis feels rigid, but there is still plenty of feel from the plush Öhlins suspension even though it’s cold – less than four degrees."