Rowan Atkinson swaps his £8m McLaren F1 supercar for electric BMW that does 100 miles on a full charge
After pocketing £8million from the sale of his beloved McLaren F1, you might have expected Rowan Atkinson to splash out on another supercar.
But the Mr Bean actor appears to have opted for something a bit more economical – and eco-friendly.
Rowan Atkinson and the McLaren he sold earlier this year.
The comedian has been seen in an electric BMW i3, which costs £30,000 and has a top speed of 93mph.
It is in stark contrast to his prized F1, one of only 64 in the world, which was capable of reaching a thrilling 240mph.
The actor sold the supercar earlier this year, 18 years after he paid £634,000 for it.
However, while the sought after sports car completed less than 10 miles to the gallon, his new runaround has a range of up to 100 miles on a full charge.
It will also save the Blackadder star a significant sum on his insurance bill. The annual cost to insure his F1, which he once crashed into a tree in 2011, was said to be around £60,000.
In 2013 he successfully claimed £910,000 from his insurers to fix the supercar – the highest repair bill ever recorded in Britain.
His BMW however, is so cost effective that it is even exempt from the £11.50-a-day London Congestion Zone charge because it is considered so environmentally friendly.
It is charged using public power points or even standard plug sockets, and takes four hours to achieve a full charge from empty.
A Jaguar Mark 7 like this one is among Rowan Atkinson's impressive collection of cars.
Atkinson, said to be worth £71million, owns an impressive collection that includes a Honda NSX, a Jaguar Mk7, an Aston Martin DB2, a vintage Ford Falcon, a 1939 BMW 328 and a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe.
Earlier this month it was revealed that the 60-year-old comic actor is selling his former family home in Oxfordshire following the break-up of his 24-year marriage to wife Sunetra, 53, in February last year.
He is now dating comedian Louise Ford, 32, and bought a £4.65million house in North London last September.