In 2016, Aston Martin returned to Formula One for the first time since 1960 thanks to a partnership with Red Bull Racing. Although the British firm is just a logo on Red Bull’s race cars for now, the cooperation was actually signed for the AM-RB 001 supercar that just debuted at the Canadian Auto Show and will arrive in production form sometime in 2018. With the 2017 Formula One championship just around the corner, Aston Martin decided to mark its presence in this sport with the Red Bull Racing Editions for the V8 Vantage S and V12 Vantage S models.
Fitted with a range of distinguishing features for the most devoted Formula 1 enthusiast, these special editions were crafted with help from the marque’s in-house personalization program, Q by Aston Martin. Modifications aren’t exactly outstanding compared to the regular model, but Aston Martin added a few exclusive features inside and out and the cars can be ordered with signatures from Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
“Motorsport is and will always be a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and both the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions bring that ethos straight to our customers. With the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship set to begin soon, I hope that the purchase of these models will bring the racing season that little bit closer for those lucky few customers who can’t wait for it to begin,” said Aston Martin president and CEO, Andy Palmer.
What Makes The Aston Martin Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition Special
The first thing that catches the eye is the deep Mariana Blue paint, inspired by Red Bull Racing’s livery
The first thing that catches the eye is the deep Mariana Blue paint. Inspired by Red Bull Racing’s F1 livery, this dark blue color comes standard. However, Aston Martin gives customers two more options for exterior hues. There’s Satin Mariana Blue, which is similar to the standard color but lacks the shiny gloss, and Tungsten Silver.
Regardless of the paint options, all cars are fitted with race-inspired carbon-fiber splitter, diffuser, grille and side strakes. The main grille and side gills have red accents, another feature inspired by Red Bull’s on-track livery, while the calipers are finished in yellow for a high contrast.
Inside, customers will be treated to custom headrest embroidery, carbon-fiber trim inlays, and diamond quilting
Inside, customers will be treated to Red Bull Racing headrest embroidery, carbon-fiber trim inlays, diamond quilting on the seats, and an Alcantara steering wheel with a 12-o’clock accent stripe. Buyers can also opt for their sill and final inspection plaques to be signed by either Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing’s main Formula One drivers in 2017.
Under the hood, the special-edition grand tourers are as standard as they get. The V8 Vantage S has a the 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, while the V12 Vantage S uses a 5.9-liter V-12 that cranks out 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of twist.
Deliveries of the Red Bull Racing Edition are set to take place from the second quarter of 2017. For further information including pricing, Aston Martin asks customers to contact their local dealerships.
|Aston Martin Vantage V-8||Aston Martin Vantage V-12|
|Engine||4.7-liter V-8||5.9-liter V-12|
|Horsepower||430 HP @ 7,300 RPM||565 HP @ 6,750 RPM|
|Torque||361 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM||457 LB-FT @ 5,750 RPM|
|Transmission||6-Speed Manual||7-Speed Sportshift III ASM|
|0 to 60 mph||4.8 seconds||3.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||190 mph||205 mph|
With the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship® set to kick off on 26 March, Aston Martin has unveiled its latest additions to the Vantage range; the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions.
These true collectibles have been created by the marque’s in-house personalisation service; Q by Aston Martin. Celebrating the two brands’ unique ‘Innovation Partnership’, Aston Martin’s latest global offering takes approval from Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, with their signatures adorning both sill and inspection plaques.
Available with Aston Martin’s characterful V8 and V12 naturally aspirated power units, both Vantage Red Bull Racing Editions are equipped with a range of distinguishing features for the most devoted Formula 1® enthusiast.
Building on the appeal of the sports-focused Vantage range, the models deliver a blend of eye-catching looks and an engaging and visceral experience for the perfect cruise along the Great Ocean Road, Adelaide Hills or even Melbourne’s Albert Park.
Taking inspiration from Red Bull Racing’s distinctive race livery, owners will be treated to a deep Mariana Blue paint finish as standard. For those wanting a slight twist, gloss Tungsten Silver or satin Mariana Blue exteriors are also optional.
Complementing Aston Martin’s signature paint finish is a race-inspired carbon fibre splitter, diffuser, grille and side strakes. Red infills on the carbon fibre grille and yellow calipers complete the iconic colour scheme.
Inside, customers can expect further sporting features, including Red Bull Racing headrest embroidery, carbon fibre trim inlays, diamond-quilting and an alcantara steering wheel complete with 12 o’clock accent stripe.
Customers may opt for their sill and final inspection plaques to be signed by either Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen, providing the ultimate seal of approval and cementing their exclusivity.
Aston Martin President & CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said, “Motorsport is and will always be a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and both the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions bring that ethos straight to our customers. With the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship® set to begin soon, I hope that the purchase of these models will bring the racing season that little bit closer for those lucky few customers who can’t wait for it to begin”.
Deliveries are set to take place from Q2 2017. For further information including RRP, customers should enquire directly with their local dealership.