Aston Martin has a long and successful competition history, chiefly in endurance racing. But the company was a Formula One entrant back in 1959 and 1960 and is now back on the F1 Grid with the team formerly known as Racing Point. Proudly heading that grid will be a more recognisable road-going Aston Martin; the Vantage, official Safety Car of F1. To celebrate that link Aston Martin has created the new Vantage F1 Edition, giving owners the chance to experience the Safety Car’s track-focused performance and unique style for themselves.
With an aero package developing 200kg of downforce at top speed, the Vantage F1 Edition feels balanced and planted even on the faster tracks. Aston Martin were determined that the new model’s track capabilities shouldn’t compromise on-road behaviour, so ruled out the fitment of aggressive, track-optimised tyres. But the F1 Edition does have a stiffer structure as well as reworked dampers to give better body control at extreme track loads. Spring rates and steering have also been tweaked for the model’s intended track use.
As with the standard Vantage, the
F1 Edition’s drive systems include Dynamic Stability Control, with Dynamic
Torque Vectoring linked to an Electronic Differential (e-Diff). Other Vantage
safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring and Emergency Brake Assist.
Aston Martin’s boss Tobias Moers set his team a demanding brief for the Vantage F1 Edition: “It had to be a true athlete: more powerful; more agile; more immediate and more exciting to drive.” He can consider those boxes ticked. And though the F1 Edition is primarily designed for owners who will want to explore its capabilities on track, it’s still perfectly suited to roadgoing drives too. A stunning head turner with plenty of extra go to match the show.