Aston Martin has unveiled its 2021 Formula 1 Safety and Medical cars – specially equipped versions of the Vantage and DBX.
The iconic British brand, which returns as a F1 entrant for the first time in more than 60 years, will share safety and medical car duties with long-time supplier Mercedes this season.
Safety car driver, Bernd Mayländer, said: “Formula 1 fans around the world are delighted to see the return of Aston Martin to the track, as am I. The Official Safety Car of F1 is a beautiful, capable car that signifies an exciting new era for Aston Martin.”
Like the safety car, the DBX medical car is distinguishable by its 2021 Aston Martin Racing Green paint with Lime Green accents – as well as the prominent FIA medical car livery, LED rear number plate and roof-mounted LED light-bar which sits upon the roof rails.
Powered by the 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, also found in the DB11 and Vantage, the DBX produces an impressive 550PS and 700NM of torque, enough to launch it from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 181mph.
All this ensures the FIA medical team can respond effectively to an emergency. With a sound that is unquestionably Aston Martin, the active exhaust system means DBX will not only be seen, but heard during the F1 season.
The development of both these cars was carried out by the engineering team at Aston Martin.
Both vehicles endured significant testing, which included high-speed durability assessments and aggressive circuit driving at the Aston Martin facility at Silverstone, totting up almost 15,000km collectively. The vehicles have also been tested in a dyno climate chamber to ensure they will perform in all race conditions.