If you come back to the world’s highest profile, most glamorous racing series as a team you sure as hell want to juice the marketing opportunities as much as possible. While Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One cars are ripping up circuits around the world, in the pit lane at each event will be an Aston Martin Vantage safety car and DBX medical car ready to take action when necessary.
Now Aston Martin are releasing a road car based on that safety car called the Vantage F1 Edition.
It’s commendable that Aston Martin haven’t simply added a wing, some Formula 1 logos, and different wheels for their new Vantage F1 Edition. This is a car that has been fine tuned to offer better lap times and now sits at the top of the Vantage tree.
Power has been increased 25PS to 535PS while peak torque stays at 685Nm but for longer. When making gear changes the auto-only transmission will cut torque during upshifts for reduced shift times and a feeling of precision mostly in track situations. 0-100 kph takes 3.6 seconds, while the top speed is 314 kph.
The chassis is where most of the improvements take place however, with increased front structural stiffness through various underbody modifications, and reworked damper internals. The increased rear spring rate and lateral stiffness help make turn-in sharper, increase traction, and balance the front-end’s rate of response. The steering has also come in for detailed improvements which is said to increase feel.
There’s been an appreciation of late for smaller wheels and more sidewall but Aston have continued the trend of ever bigger wheels, going from 20 inch on the standard Vantage to 21 inch on the F1 Edition with Pirelli providing the low profile tyres. Development of the safety car carried over into the road car without the need for specialised track tyres to improve its usability on the road.
In order to achieve better lap times Aston Martin focused not only on engine enhancement but chassis and aero development, the latter visually making its presence felt most notably through the rear wing.
The aero kit, love it or hate it, produces a total of 200 kg of downforce at top speed while offering better balance overall and comprises of a full-width front splitter, front dive planes, underbody turning vanes and rear wing.
It can be had in an Aston Martin Racing Green colour scheme, Jet Black, or Lunar White and optioned in either satin or gloss. Inside there’s a choice of Obsidian Black Leather and Phantom Grey Alcantara upholstery and trim, with a choice of Lime Green, Obsidian Black, Wolf Grey or Spicy Red contrast stripe and stitching.
Should you like the idea of driving an extreme track focused aerodynamically developed Aston Martin with the top down, you can do that too as a roadster is also available.
Price: £142,000 GBP
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