New Aston Martin Vantage F1 Version brings racetrack efficiency to the street
Accessible as a Coupe and a Roadster, the F1 Version sits on the prime of the Vantage line-up and has had direct enter from the model’s new Chief Govt Officer, Tobias Moers.
The automobile is the results of Aston’s new affiliation with Formulation One and the engineering that went into the event of the Vantage as the game’s new security automobile for this season.
Consequently, the F1 Version options extra energy, in addition to some chassis and aerodynamic enhancements to additional enhance the automobile’s capacity and decrease lap occasions – the latter a key goal for the undertaking – however with out compromising the automobile’s on-road functionality.
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Version: engines, energy and efficiency
The Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8’s output has been elevated by 25bhp, to 528bhp. Peak torque stays at 685Nm, however that most drive is now out there over a wider rev vary in contrast with the usual Vantage to extend the engine’s flexibility.
To benefit from the facility unit’s elevated efficiency Aston has additionally tweaked the automobile’s eight-speed computerized gearbox, with what it calls “an optimised torque reduce throughout upshifts that reduces shift occasions and will increase the sensation of directness and precision.” It’s no shock given the automobile’s identify and nature that Aston claims these enhancements are particularly useful when driving on the observe.
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Version: improved chassis
Chassis rigidity has been improved on the entrance to enhance steering really feel and response, whereas this has been teamed with stiffer rear springs and extra lateral stiffness to assist sharpen turn-in additional, in addition to increase traction – particularly over bumps – and make sure the rear finish is tuned to steadiness the additional precision on the entrance.
Adjustments to the suspension have targeted on reworked damper settings to extend the suspension’s breadth of capacity and vertical physique management. Aston claims that the automobile’s damping by means of high-speed compressions and over crests is improved with out harming the Vantage’s low-speed journey consolation.
Moers was eager for the F1 Version’s efficiency enhance to come back with out the adoption of aggressive, track-optimised tyres, though the automobile wears Pirelli rubber developed particularly for the mannequin, which options 21-inch wheels with a brand new design – up from 20 inches on the usual Vantage fashions.
The decrease profile tyre is claimed to mix with the structural and steering enhancements to supply better driver suggestions.
Lastly, there’s a brand new aero package – comprising a full-width entrance splitter, entrance dive planes, underbody turning vanes and a brand new rear wing – that produces 200kg extra whole downforce at prime velocity in contrast with the common automobile.
Carbon ceramic brakes can be found as an possibility, however solely on the Coupe.
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Version: design
The F1 Version is obtainable with a extra restricted selection of colors, together with Aston Martin Racing Inexperienced to have fun the model’s return to Formulation One. It’s the identical color because the Vantage F1 security automobile, in addition to Aston’s 2021 racer.
Paint colors can be found in both gloss or satin finishes, with different color decisions together with Jet Black and Lunar White. All physique colors coming with matte gray racing graphics.
Inside, the F1 Version’s cabin is trimmed in black leather-based and gray Alcantara, with a selection of lime inexperienced, black, gray or purple contrasting stitching.
The Vantage’s new vaned grille units it other than the common automobile, together with carbon fibre exterior detailing and distinctive graphics.
Aston Martin Chief Govt Officer, Tobias Moers stated: “Efficiency is on the coronary heart of each Aston Martin, however when it wears an F1 badge it must be a very distinctive automobile.
“Vantage was already essentially the most targeted sports activities automobile in our vary however within the improvement of our Official Security Automotive of Formulation 1, it needed to be a real athlete: extra highly effective; extra agile; extra speedy and extra thrilling to drive. And – after all – faster and extra succesful in a race-track surroundings.
“I set the engineering staff a tricky goal, as I used to be insistent that good points in efficiency got here by way of real enhancements within the automobile’s dynamics, and never by becoming track-optimised tyres. The outcomes communicate for themselves. A Vantage to attraction to essentially the most discerning drivers and a brand new mannequin that marks an thrilling second in Aston Martin’s historical past.”
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Version: pricing and on-sale date
The brand new Vantage F1 Version is on sale now in Coupe and Roadster guise, priced from £142,000. Deliveries start in Might.
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