Ayrton Senna’s historic 1989 McLaren F1 car trades hands via cryptocurrency at Himalaya Exchange

Ayrton Senna's historic 1989 McLaren F1 car trades hands via cryptocurrency at Himalaya Exchange

LONDON, March 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The new payment application launched by Himalaya Exchange, Himalaya Pay, has facilitated the historical purchase of by Ayrton Senna 1989 McLaren MP4/5 F1 car for more 5 million US dollars. The iconic vehicle was purchased privately through a Himalaya Pay member-to-member transfer of Himalaya Dollar (HDO), a stablecoin listed on the Himalaya Exchange.

Ayrton Senna’s 1989 McLaren MP4/5 (PRNewsfoto/Himalaya Exchange)

Ayrton Sene remains a legend for riders and fans past and present. For the three-time F1 world champion Niki LaudaSenna was simply “the best pilot who ever lived”. Lewis Hamiltonwho credits Senna as his childhood idol, unveiled a special Senna tribute helmet at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Senna arguably remains unmatched in driving ability, but he was known as much for his character as his drive. He saved the life of a French driver Erik Comas at the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix. With Comas’ engine screaming and close to exploding, Senna stopped and sprinted towards the Frenchman’s car, cut the engine so it wouldn’t catch fire, then held on his head to stabilize his neck until paramedics can arrive. Comas, who sits at the Senna Foundation, said: “I have no doubt that Ayrton Sene saved my life. He was an extraordinary person as well as a brilliant pilot. Ayrton’s legacy and reputation remain quite unique.”

This reputation naturally made the cars in which Senna drove some of the most valuable and sought-after sporting and technical artifacts in the world. The deal underscores users’ continued trust in Himalaya Exchange and reflects how the cryptocurrency is making its way into the mainstream of society and motorsport.

Zack BrownCEO of McLaren Racing, said: “There are few vehicles in motorsport more iconic than by Ayrton Senna 1989 McLaren MP4/5 F1 car. Not only is it a fine piece of engineering, but it represents a special chapter in motorsport history. Witnessing a transaction like this through the Himalaya Exchange reflects the constant pace of innovation that has characterized the motorsports industry, both in the past and in the future.”

Many companies and individuals are now capitalizing on the opportunities that well-run cryptocurrency exchanges such as the Himalayan Group – which is registered as a digital currency exchange provider in Australia and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) United States – offer to transfer digital assets efficiently and securely.

jesse brownCEO of Himalaya Exchange, said: “This symbolic transaction is a huge vote of confidence in the new Himalaya Pay platform, but should also be a source of excitement for anyone interested in cryptocurrencies and their potential to offer a secure and frictionless financing for all.”

The deal comes as the first version of Himalaya Pay was recently launched on the Apple Store and Google Play Store. Himalaya Pay V1.0 is an innovative digital gift card system for merchants and members in authorized countries.

The second version, V2.0, is under development and will be a next generation payment system. The platform will provide the ability to make instant transfers of cryptocurrency around the world, automate payment schedules, and provide the ability to purchase from exclusive retailers with all types of cryptocurrency. currencies.

William Ithe founder and CEO of Hamilton Investment Management Ltd – a global fund manager with billions in assets under management – said: “Cryptocurrencies are evolving, and the future of cryptocurrency will belong to those platforms that can be used by anyone, anytime. People are looking for alternatives to the fiat system that they can trust. For F1 fans, by Ayrton Senna The 1989 MP4/5 car is the epitome of elegance and performance. At best, this is also what cryptocurrency can represent. Simply put, cryptocurrencies are a new asset class that no institutional investor or government can afford to ignore anymore.”

Himalaya is the first and only crypto platform to operate a fully integrated crypto ecosystem. It is unique for integrating a cryptocurrency exchange with a native coin (Himalaya Coin “HCN”), a stable coin (Himalaya Dollar “HDO”) and a recently launched payment application (Himalaya Pay) in one platform. . The company’s ultimate mission is to create a world where people are in control of their money, data and destiny, giving the individual true financial freedom.

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