Wanneroo Times

Slice of F1 racing history

- Sam Jeremic

ASTON Martin is celebratin­g its return to Formula One this year by offering buyers a chance to essentiall­y own this year’s safety car.

The brand returns to F1 for the first time in 60 years, with the Vantage locked in to be the Safety Car for the 2021 season.

It forms the basis for the Vantage F1 Edition, which will be the new range topper during its limited run and will be available as a coupe or roadster when it arrives in Australia late this year.

It scores a more powerful version of the Vantage’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, gaining an additional 18kW to match the safety car with 393kW and 685Nm — the latter figure available across a wider rev range than the standard Vantage.

Power goes to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmissi­on, with the coupe doing 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds and the roadster 0.1 seconds slower. Work on the chassis included underbody modificati­ons to make the front end stiffer, reworked dampers and increased rear spring rate, while the tyres increased from 20 inches to 21 inches and were designed specifical­ly for the F1 Edition with Pirelli.

Aerodynami­c upgrades including a full-width front splitter, front dive planes, underbody turning vanes and a new rear wing help the F1 Edition create an extra 200kg of downforce.

Like the safety car, it’s available in the same Aston Martin Racing Green colour scheme found on the race car, though other colours are also available.

The Vantage F1 Edition is available to order now.

Although Australian pricing is yet to be revealed, its £142,000 ($254,620) plus on-roads indicates only deep pockets need apply.

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