For the first time in more than 25 years, Mercedes is not only providing the safety car in Formula 1. This year, the German luxury brand is sharing this honor with the English luxury sports car maker Aston Martin.
This is not a surprise, because Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG have long been technical cooperation partners. In addition, the former AMG boss Tobias Moers has been the boss of Aston Martin since last summer. And the final omen for this development: This year Aston Martin is returning to Formula 1 as an independent team. At the wheel: The German ex-world champion Sebastian Vettel (33) and the Canadian youngster Lance Stroll (22), incidentally the son of Aston’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Lawrence Stroll (61).
Safety car for the home
This is the first time in 60 years that an Aston Martin will compete in the premier class of motorsport. A reason to celebrate for the British, who are therefore launching an exclusive special series of their lightning-fast Vantage. As an “F1 Edition”, solvent customers can put their own Formula 1 safety car in the garage, so to speak. The technical improvements for more performance are practically the same update as the safety car – but without the yellow warning lights.
Vantage F1 in numbers
The four-liter V8 biturbo from partner AMG gets 25 more horses and gains 535 hp (393 kW). The maximum torque of 685 Nm remains unchanged, but is held longer from 2000 tours. The technicians also adjusted the shift times of the 8-speed automatic accordingly. This also includes an optimized torque cut-off in order to shorten the shift times when upshifting.
The top-class special model races to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds and speeds up to 314 km / h. Small difference to the real Safety Car: The F1 Edition is also available as an open Vantage. It takes 3.7 seconds to 100 km / h and speeds up to 305 km / h.
The technology update
Aston has improved the chassis, especially in the areas of suspension and steering: the dampers have a higher spring rate, while fine work on the underbody should increase the stiffness in the front area and strengthen the steering feel. An aerodynamics package with a modified front splitter, underbody baffles and rear wing rounds off the Vantage F1 Edition.
The goal of all additions: The already nimble Vantage should be even stronger, more agile, more direct and more exciting – especially on the racetrack. However, this should not only be achieved with race-track-optimized tires, it should also be felt on the road.
The first models should be delivered a few weeks after the start of the season (March 28th) in May. The prices for the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition start at around CHF 181,000. But there are also Vettel’s new toys. As a works driver, the four-time world champion is bound to receive one of the special models from his new employer. There is space in his garage. The German recently put various models from his former employer Ferrari up for sale.
Published: 03/25/2021, 4:34 p.m.
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