The Formula 1 World Championship receives a new safety car this year in the form of a specially equipped Aston Martin Vantage.
The new safety car that will share its functions with the Mercedes-AMG GT R is adorned in the color Aston Martin Racing Green. The same color as the single-seaters of the British manufacturer’s Formula 1 team. The Vantage also features a “Lime Essence” stripe on the front lip, side skirts and rear diffuser. Like the Mercedes-AMG GT which will share the role of official Formula 1 safety car with the Aston Martins this season, the Vantage has a light bar installed on a carbon fiber base on the roof. This light bar was not only designed to flash when the car hits the track but also to provide the least amount of aerodynamic drag and optimize airflow to the rear spoiler.
The latter is also equipped with a rear-facing camera which transmits a live image on a screen in the passenger compartment. Speaking of the interior, it has been fitted with FIA homologated racing seats with six point safety harnesses. The center console has also been modified and now supports a control system used to operate various car functions such as activating lights or communicating over the radio.
More powerful than before?
Unlike the Mercedes-AMG GT R which remained original, Aston Martin also tweaked the performance of the car, extracting a few more horsepower from the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, bringing the output to 528 horsepower. The new front spoiler also adds 60 kg more aerodynamic downforce compared to a conventional Vantage, while the British brand has fine-tuned the suspension, steering and shocks. The car will be driven by Bernd Mayländer, as the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
Alongside this Aston Martin Vantage and instead of the Mercedes-AMG C63s Estate, we will find a DBX, the first SUV from the Gaydon firm. It also has Aston Martin Racing Green paintwork with touches of “Lime Green”, a “Medical-Car” license plate on the rear and a roof-mounted LED light bar. Surprisingly, we are not looking forward to seeing these cars go into action except on the first lap of the race, but rather to see them roll on the day of the safety car testing.