Aston Martin unveiled its most track-focused product Vantage to-date. The new Vantage F1 Edition celebrates the marque’s return to Formula 1 for the first time in over 60 years. The new sports car is a result of the engineering that went into the development of the Vantage as an Official Safety Car of Formula 1®, which makes its debut at the Formula 1® Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2021 this month.
The Vantage F1 Edition is the fastest and most focused of the already sporting Vantage. It benefits from unique chassis, powertrain and aerodynamic enhancements to increase tactility and expand its outright capabilities.
Starting with the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, power is up by 25PS to a new maximum of 535PS. Peak torque remains unchanged at 685Nm, but that peak is sustained for longer to further increase tractability and in-gear urgency. The car is fitted with the 8-speed automatic transmission, with an optimized torque cut during upshifts that reduces shift times and increases the feeling of directness and precision. This torque management also enhances the driver’s sense of control and connection during downshifts specifically under heavy braking.
The chassis benefits from increased rear spring rate and lateral stiffness to help sharpen turn-in, increase traction and ensure the rear-end is tuned to complement the front-end’s rate of response. Further improvements to the steering system allowed feedback from the road to be transmitted more clearly.
The wheels and tires were increased from 20” on the regular Vantage to 21” as standard for the Vantage F1 Edition. The switch to a lower profile tire provides greater feedback to the driver to provide progressive on-limit handling to give maximum confidence in even the most extreme track driving scenarios. A comprehensive aero kit includes a full-width front splitter, front dive planes, underbody turning vanes, and the new rear wing. The rear diffuser remains unchanged.
Aston Martin Racing Green color scheme of the Vantage F1 Edition celebrates Aston Martin’s return to Formula 1®. Exterior paint colors are available in both a Satin or Gloss finish, and other color options include Jet Black and Lunar White, all of which are complemented by a Solid Matte Dark Grey racing graphic. Inside the Vantage F1® Edition features new 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.
The car – available as Coupe and Roadster – is further distinguished by its vaned grille as standard, 2×2 Twill Carbon Fibre exterior detailing, unique graphics, quad exhausts, and a new design of Satin Black Diamond Turned 21” alloy wheel. The new F1 Edition of Vantage is on sale now with a recommended retail price starting from £142,000 (around $197,000) in the UK with deliveries scheduled to begin in May 2021.