Niki Lauda, the champion of engines, is dead


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Niki Lauda (right) with James Hunt
Niki Lauda (right) with James Hunt

He died in a private clinic in Switzerland Niki Lauda, three times Formula 1 world champion, at the age of 70. The Austrian has had to deal with health problems since the middle of last year, including a lung transplant in August that required a two-month hospital stay. Finally, Monday 20 May was missed.

“With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki died peacefully with his family last Monday,” his family said in a statement made to the Austrian media.

Niki Lauda: cars, planes and yachts

The life of Niki Lauda was a life of motors in all their expressions and forms. In fact, in addition to his passion for four wheels and airplanes, in which he was the owner of three airlines, Lauda was also the owner of a 47-metre yacht, Princess Too. Built by Feadship, she was used by the F1 champion for his beach holidays and cruises near Ibiza, where he had a house built.

Lauda’s yacht

The 47.55-metre Princess Too M/Y was for some time on sale for about 15 million euros. Built in steel and aluminium by the Royal Van Lent shipyard at Feadship’s Royal Van Lent, it was delivered in 1999. In 2010 it underwent a complete interior refurbishment that modernised the entire yacht. This included a complete refurbishment of the kitchen and laundry areas, including the new appliances, plus two new seven-metre Castoldi tenders. Its top speed is 14.5kn with a cruising range of 4500 nautical miles at 12.0kn with power from two Caterpillar 3508-B-DITA 905.0hp diesel engines.

Princess Too, the yacht that belonged to Niki Lauda
Princess Too, the yacht that belonged to Niki Lauda

F1 and yachts

Lauda was not the only one to have a passion for luxury yachts. Lewis Hamilton currently has a Sunseeker 90 with which the British champion visits the Côte d’Azur. Another yacht that does not go unnoticed is Petara, the mega yacht of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, honorary president of Formula 1 and former British driver. We are talking about a 55-metre yacht built by Turquoise Yachts. The yard is owned by Mohammed Al Barwani, who also owns Oceanco.

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