The mini Monaco 'hyper yacht' design that even has its own grand prix

Posted on 2:23 AM by Sameer Shah

British yacht designers have produced plans for a floating replica of the billionaire's paradise of Monaco that is so big it may never become reality.

The 500ft-long Streets Of Monaco design - expected to cost up to £700million - features scaled-down versions of the state's famous landmarks, including the Monte Carlo racetrack.

It also boasts miniatures of the famed Monte Carlo Casino, Hotel de Paris, Cafe de Paris, La Rascasse, the Loews Hotel as well as swimming pools and tennis courts.

It even has a platform that holds smaller yachts in case prospective owners need something a little nippier to get around in.

The most mind-bending feature is the Monaco Grand Prix-inspired go-kart track complete with tunnel complex which runs around the deck.

But for the designers the centrepiece of the incredible ship is The Atrium, which links the upper and lower living areas.

The Atrium has seven guest suites which all include their own reception room, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and balcony.

In total, Streets of Monaco' would be capable of housing 16 guests and 70 crew and would cost the opulent owner tens of millions to run each year.

And the multi-billionaire would get the benefit of the main apartment which is spread over three floors, sprawling an amazing 4,800 sq ft - the size of a luxury penthouse.

While only at a design stage, The Streets Of Monaco would likely exceed the £665 million price-tag rumoured to be paid by Roman Abramovich for his 'Eclipse' yacht to become the world's most expensive personal boat.

At 500ft, The Streets of Monaco is 25ft shorter than the Chelsea owner's super-yacht but Abramovich would undoubtedly be envious of the Monaco's fully functional kart circuit.

The Streets Of Monaco is the brainchild of fledgling Derbyshire-based Yacht Island Design.

Company director Rob McPherson said: 'The design theme called for a unique yacht that reflected the style and sophistication of the principality.

'We want to create a truly unique environment that could take the principality of Monaco to the ocean.'

Now that the design has been completed, the only question remaining for Yacht Island Design is whether they can find a billionaire with enough spare change to turn it into a reality.

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