Welcome to the road-going version of Aston’s F1 safety car – Top Gear

You didn’t think Aston Martin would invest all that effort, time and cash turning the Vantage into an F1 safety vehicle— by adding power, a big wing and renovating the chassis/suspension– and not stick it on sale to the basic public too, did you? Excellent, because that’s precisely what it’s done.

State hey there to the Vantage F1 Edition– a road-going variation of the F1 security car-spec Vantage. It costs from ₤ 142,000, around ₤ 20,000 more than a normal Vantage, and is on sale right now. It’s readily available as either a Coupe or Roadster, and the first clients ought to get their cars in May.

We’re informed the F1 Edition “is the most track-focused production Vantage to-date”, and that the primary objective during its advancement was “to significantly improve lap time efficiency … without compromising its on-road abilities” and “without the fitment of aggressively track-optimised tires”.

The 4.0-litre Mercedes-derived V8 is up from 503 to 528bhp. Torque is the exact same as before at 505lb ft, and now the peak is “sustained for longer to additional increase tractability and in-gear urgency”. The eight-speed vehicle has been beefed-up to cut shift times and “increase the feeling of directness and precision”. And no, you can’t have the seven-speed manual from the Vantage AMR.

Structural tightness is up, while remodelled dampers ought to provide much better body control over crests and high-speed compressions without “any deterioration in low-speed compliance”. The spring rates are various, the steering has actually been retuned for much better feel and there are new 21-inch alloys shod with special Pirelli rubber. The aero set, consisting of that huge spoiler and brand-new front splitter, includes 200kg of downforce at top speed.

Aston’s signature Racing Green colour plan– as utilized by the F1 security automobile and the company’s F1 group– is available in either gloss or matte finishes. You can have another colour if you ‘d choose. Inside there’s lashings of leather and Alcantara with a choice of brightly-coloured contrast stripes.

This is the very first of Aston’s ‘core’ designs to “benefit from direct input” from Aston’s brand-new manager Tobias Moers. Of the Vantage F1 Edition, he said: “It needed to be a real professional athlete: more effective; more agile; more immediate and more amazing to drive. And – of course – quicker and more capable in a race-track environment. I set the engineering team a difficult target, as I was insistent that gains in performance came by means of real improvements in the car’s dynamics, and not by fitting track-optimised tyres.”

State hello to the Vantage F1 Edition– a road-going version of the F1 security car-spec Vantage. It costs from ₤ 142,000, around ₤ 20,000 more than a regular Vantage, and is on sale right now. Aston’s signature Racing Green colour plan– as utilized by the F1 security automobile and the company’s F1 group– is readily available in either gloss or matte finishes. This is the very first of Aston’s ‘core’ models to “benefit from direct input” from Aston’s new employer Tobias Moers.

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