Sunday, April 14, 2024

New Aston Martin Vantage takes up as Official FIA Safety Car of Formula 1

Aston Martin has just revealed a new official FIA Safety Car for Formula 1, based on the all-new 2025 Vantage. The new Safety Car is set to make its debut at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend on March 9. It will then take its place at the exit of the pit lane, ready to roar into action should it be required to intervene and control the pace of the F1 race.

The car will be perfectly tuned and equipped to take on Grand Prix circuits around the world. And now that it’s an Official FIA Safety Car of Formula 1, the Vantage will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of all the drivers on the track.

The new Vantage is an authentic, unadulterated celebration of pure performance, engineered to deliver maximum thrills with maximum confidence. With its powerful 4.0 Twin-Turbo V8 engine, the new Vantage is the fastest of its breed. It can deliver a 30% increase in power over the previous model, ensuring the Vantage Safety Car is quick off the line every time.

The 2025 Vantage is now capable of producing 656 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of pulling power, which is a significant upgrade compared to its previous version. Thanks to its 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, which is pretty fast.

It doesn’t require any upgrades to its engine, cooling system, or braking performance to adapt to this role as a FIA Safety Car.

The new Vantage model from Aston Martin has undergone a rigorous process to ensure it provides maximum attack on the race track. It has additional, modified underfloor aerodynamics and an extended, profiled front splitter for extra downforce. The FIA lightbar has also received new aero-profiling for every millisecond of performance.

Inside the Vantage Safety Car, there are a plethora of systems to assist the driver and passenger. The production seats have been replaced by Pole Position Seats to keep the FIA Safety Car driver and his passenger firmly in place as they circulate at speed.

The center console is fitted with switchgear to work the FIA systems, along with screens showing live lap times, the track position of all of the cars, and a rear-view camera. Even though the Safety Car is functional, it still has an interior finished in a unique Lime Essence trim, which is a nod to the marque’s own racing colors.

“Every thought, every idea, every piece of technology, and every stroke of the designer’s pen that went into Vantage can now be enjoyed by the fans of F1,” said Roberto Fedeli, Group Chief Technology Officer of Aston Martin. “This new car is already the fastest and most driver-focused Vantage yet, which makes it perfect for this unique job, so to turn it into an Official FIA Safety Car of Formula 1 was primarily a task of adding all of the FIA equipment. Of course, it has additional aero not found on the road car to make sure it can attack the race track and showcase the capabilities of our newest ultra-luxury high-performance car.”