Would you pay €9,999 for car keys?

Mika Salo Grand Prix Collection keys

A Finish company renowned for its exclusive offering of the world's most desirable line of luxury supercar keys has teamed up with Formula One legend, Mika Salo to create a limited edition set of keys priced at €9,999.

Awain  , a privately-owned company headquartered in Helsinki, has unveiled The Mika Salo Grand Prix Collection keys, which includes three models: Monaco, Spa and Suzuka - three of Mika Salo's favourite racing circuits. With enthusiastic input from Salo, who hails from Finland, Awain’s Nordic design team selected the same colour-scheme that Mika proudly wore on his Formula One helmet – blue and light blue, with a red stripe. The new series is offered in strictly limited editions of 20, making each of these three keys highly collectable.

Every Awain key is handcrafted to the very highest standard, with the manufacturing of each of the Grand Prix collection keys requiring more than 50 hours of work by skilled artisans. Its flagship key, the Phantom, is a one-of-a-kind piece inlaid with 34.5 Carats of diamonds set in 175 grams of solid gold and priced at €500,000.

Awain cut no corners in ensuring that the keys had the same precision levels as a F1 car. The designers selected only the most lightweight and advanced materials and processes for the manufacturing of these exclusive keys. Materials such as high modulus carbon fibre and aerospace grade titanium are used to guarantee the ultimate performance experience for every new Awain owner.

In addition to this, Awain is also offering some customers the opportunity to customise the Grand Prix keys with an actual F! engine part. These extraordinary pieces feature an authentic FI valve plate on the key’s back, which links the key directly to the F1 world.

Mika Salo comments, “Even outside of racing, I’m big car enthusiast and I’ve been lucky to drive lot of fancy cars in my life. I have often wondered why the car keys for even very luxurious cars are cheap-looking and usually made from plastic – in other words, they don’t match their car at all. When I saw my first Awain key I immediately realised that this is what the key of a true supercar should have always looked like. The amount of craftsmanship and eye for detail in each custom-crafted Awain key is simply amazing. And of course, it’s an honour to now have a collection that commemorates the highlights of my own racing career.”

“In my earlier role as a motor journalist, I of course followed Formula One racing –including the career of Finnish Formula One great Mika Salo – very closely”, states Awain CEO, Jalmari Mattila. “To have a racing legend of the professional and personal calibre of Mika Salo collaborating closely with our company is both an honour and a great opportunity for us,” Mattila continues. “As a passionate car enthusiast myself, I believe that the very best cars in the world deserve the very best keys, and our pieces – including the new Mika Salo Grand Prix Collection – really make a statement of excellence for the passionate motoring enthusiast.”

Mika Salo Grand Prix Collection keys

Mika Salo Grand Prix Collection keys

Mika Salo Grand Prix Collection keys

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