Aston Martin is back on the Formula 1 grid for the first time in more than 60 years, and it’s celebrating in style.

    Deliveries of the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition will begin in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2021 with local pricing to be announced shortly.

    Powering the Vantage F1 Edition is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as before but this time power has jumped by 18kW to 393kW with peak torque remaining at 685Nm.

    The eight-speed automatic gearbox remains, too, with an optimised torque cut that reduces shift times.

    Aston Martin has spent time revising the underbody to increase front structural stiffness, aiding steering feel and response.

    The dampers have been reworked to improve vertical body control without diminishing low-speed ride. In the rear, the chassis gains an increase in rear spring rate and lateral stiffness to sharpen turn in and increase traction.

    For the Vantage F1 Edition, wheels have increased from 20 inches to 21, marking the first time a 21-inch wheel has been fitted on a Vantage.

    Aerodynamics have taken a step up, too, with a front splitter, front dive planes, underbody turning vanes and a new rear wing.

    These additions combine to make 200kg more downforce than a regular Vantage.

    Exterior colours for the Vantage F1 Edition will include Aston Martin Racing Green, Jet Black and Lunar White.

    Buyers will have the choice of Alcantara or leather interior trim with further the option of Lime Green, Obsidian Black, Wolf Grey or Spicy Red stripes and stitching.

    “Vantage was already the most focused sports car in our range but in the development of our Official Safety Car of Formula 1, it had to be a true athlete: more powerful; more agile; more immediate and more exciting to drive. And – of course – quicker and more capable in a race-track environment,” said Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers.

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    Zak Adkins
    Zak Adkins is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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