Daniel Ricciardo, the famous Australian F1 driver known for his wide smile and talented on-track performance, has an impressive car collection that features a range of high-performance vehicles. From fast sports cars to luxury SUVs, Ricciardo’s collection showcases not only his passion for cars, but American cars in particular. In this article, we explore his full car collection.
Ricciardo has driven for a number of F1 teams, including Red Bull and McLaren. These relationships have obviously influenced his car choices. And while he’s now only a reserve driver for Red Bull, he received a large payout to keep him going for a long time. Let’s dig in.
Daniel Ricciardo’s First Car – Toyota Hilux Pickup Truck
He was given the truck by his parents in 2006, and as you’d expect from the modest driver, he still owns and drives it to remember his humble beginnings.
The Toyota Hilux is a pickup truck that has been in production since 1968. Arguably made famous by Top Gear, it’s known for its reliability, durability, and invincibility, to the point Toyota named a variant of the truck ‘Invincible’.
The Hilux is a popular choice for both personal and commercial use with enough size and power to fulfill most uses such as farm work or even off-roading. The truck is available in a variety of configurations, including single, extra, and double cab options, and comes with a range of powerful engines that offer both performance and efficiency. Despite this, Toyota has kept costs down by using cheap but sturdy materials. It’s truly a workhorse.
Porsche 918 Spyder
The Porsche 918 is a hybrid sports car that was produced by the German automaker Porsche between 2013 and 2015. It became one of the legendary Holy Trinity of cars alongside the La Ferrari and McLaren P1.
The 918 was a game-changer when it was released and now it clearly stands as a cornerstone in Porsche’s strong history. For one, it was Porsche’s first foray into the world of hybrid hypercars, leading the way for the future of high-performance vehicles such as the Koenigsegg Gemera and Mercedes AMG-One.
Powered by a 4.6-litre V8 engine that produces 608 horsepower, the bottom end of the rev range is boosted by a pair of electric motors that together add 279 horsepower. The result is a mind-bending 887 horsepower, allowing the car to reach 60mph in just 2.2 seconds. Keep the pedal on the floor and the steering wheel straight and it will hit 214mph, making it almost as fast as the F1 cars Ricciardo is so in-tune with.
Due to the fact the 918 serves as a milestone in the German automaker’s history, it’s highly sought after.
Daniel’s is the Spyder variant, which features a convertible top, allowing him to hear the V8 unit scream.
Porsche 911 GT3RS
Ricciardo obviously appreciates his Porsches with not one, but two in his collection. This Porsche 911 GT3RS is kept at his Monaco residence and surely looks the part as it cruises around the tight Monaco streets. There are plenty of good roads around the sovereign city-state, too that would be perfect for a blat in a Porsche.
This iconic Porsche is often considered to be one of the greatest sports cars on the market. Thanks to its 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine mounted at the rear of the car, it has a very distinct driving behaviour that owners seem to adore.
Thanks to 503 horsepower and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s fast as light, the car can hit 60mph in just 3 seconds. It’s not just fast in a straight line, though. The body of the sports car is covered in aerodynamic trickery that allows it to boast impressive handling on both the road and track, only complimented by its lightweight structure and materials.
It’s a thrilling car that could maybe come close to the fun of an F1 car on the road.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
It’s no surprise that Ricciardo owns one of the most coveted Aston Martins out there. Thanks to his connections to Red Bull, he was able to get his hands on one of the most high-performing cars from the British car manufacturer.
Only Aston Martin can blend high performance and luxury this well, with this car boasting 565 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque from its 5.9-litre V12. It was sold with the option of either a seven-speed manual or an optional Sportshift III automated manual transmission. Unfortunately, we don’t know which variation Ricciardo chose, but we’re sure he chose the right one.
The V12 Vantage S looks much more aggressive than the other models below it, with the bonnet now housing vents and the general bodykit maximising aerodynamic efficiency and downforce. If the standard Vantage was a Shetland Pony, the V12 Vantage S would be a racing horse with a plush saddle and a jetpack.
Renault Megane RS Trophy
Thanks to his relationship with Renault, Ricciardo got his hands on a rare and brilliant Renault hot hatch, the Megane RS Trophy. It’s one of the cheaper cars in his garage, but despite this, it boasts an incredible driving experience.
It’s a lightweight car that makes power from a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder – the same as the Alpine A110. It produces around 280hp, plenty to break traction at the front wheels, but its real selling power comes in the form of its handling.
Its suspension is highly tuned and its braking performance is second to none, making it a really fun car to drive, especially in the twisties.
Ford F-150 Raptor
Ricciardo doesn’t hide his love of America. His favourite Grand Prix is the Austin GP, and he loves country music. But above all, he loves pickup trucks. Because of this, he owns one of the most iconic American trucks ever to hit the market, the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The F-150 Raptor isn’t just a pickup. Hidden beneath its hood is a powerful V8 engine – now replaced with a more efficient V6 – that produces around 500 horsepower depending on the year and model. This means it boasts almost-supercar performance with 0-60mph times of around 5 seconds, again depending on the year and model.
With plenty of space and power to tow, this truck can handle almost anything its owner could throw at it, making it a mean but useful part of Ricciardo’s car collection.
With Ford now making a comeback to F1, Ricciardo has expressed an interest in the new all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning.
Acquired during the driver’s time at McLaren F1 team, the 675LT was once the fastest and most high-performing car in the British automaker’s portfolio. This was a limited model – only 500 cars were built – and was built to be the upgrade to the 650S using lessons learned from the team’s F1 activities.
The supercar is powered by a 3.8-litre V8 turbo engine that, as the name suggests, produces 675 horsepower and 700Nm of torque. While it’s built for track-use, it uses the latest technology in its suspension components. Called Proactive Chassis Control II, it’s able to mix brilliant handling with a good level of comfort.
Adding to his McLaren collection, the 720S was once – again – McLaren’s most powerful cars.
It’s powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, similar to that of the 675LT, and produces 720 horsepower. Thanks to its lightweight body, it can hit 60mph in just 2.8 seconds. And not only this, but thanks to its efficient body styling, it has plenty of downforce with little drag.
It’s arguably one of McLaren’s best looking cars and is owned by many collectors for this reason alone.
Ricciardo loves this car so much, they built a Daniel Ricciardo edition to sell.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Developed in collaboration with Red Bull Racing, the Aston Martin Valkyrie was the brainchild of expert aerodynamicist Adrian Newey. He worked alongside the British car company and Red Bull to create what’s expected to be one of the greatest road-legal performance cars to hit the market.
Using what has been learned in the hybrid era of F1, the Valkyrie embraces racing technology to add performance that’s never been possible in a road car before.
Thanks to his connections to Red Bull, Ricciardo was able to bag one of the 150 being built himself. Unsurprising when you realise this is the closest a road car will ever come to an F1 racer.
Who Is Daniel Ricciardo?
Daniel Ricciardo is an Australian racing driver who currently competes in Formula One as a reserve driver for Red Bull Racing. He was born on July 1, 1989, in Perth, Western Australia.
Ricciardo made his Formula One debut in 2011 with the HRT team and later raced for Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing. He has achieved 7 Grand Prix wins and 29 podium finishes in his career, and is considered one of the sport’s most talented drivers.
In addition to his success on the track, Ricciardo is also known for his charming and hilarious personality, as well as his legendary “shoey” celebration, which involves drinking champagne from his racing boot.