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The Aston Martin Vantage Is The New Formula 1 Safety Car!

The Aston Martin Vantage Is The New Formula 1 Safety Car!

The Aston Martin DBX gets to be medical car this season

The 2022 Formula 1 racing season is about to begin with the first races taking place at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 8-10 April. This year, once again, Aston Martin will be responsible for offering both the Safety Car and the Medical Car. The Vantage will play the first role, while the second one will be reserved for the DBX SUV.

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The Coolest Cars in the World

The Coolest Cars in the World

Here’s a list of some of the coolest cars of 2021

If you are in the market for a car, you will be surprised at the number of offerings you get in every single segment. Right from your Nissan Versa to a Ferrari F8 Tributo; there is competition in every segment. Whether you’re into classic cars, imported models or luxury items, you will be spoilt for choices. But, not every car you see is a cool one. There are a number of factors in determining whether a car is cool or not. There’s the exterior, the interior, the performance, and most importantly, it’s every individual’s opinion. You may or may not agree with some of the entries here, but here’s a look at the coolest cars of 2021.

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Here's Your First Look At Aston Martin's 2021 F1 Car As Compared To the Valkyrie

Here’s Your First Look At Aston Martin’s 2021 F1 Car As Compared To the Valkyrie

At this point, it is hard to tell which car inspired the other

More than 60 years have passed since Aston Martin raced in Formual 1 so the news that the carmaker is making a comback in the Big Circus can be counted as a major reason to celebrate. The new F1 car is called AMR21, which is obviously an immense step forward from the 1960 DBR5 named after David Brown but closely related to the Valkyrie.

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The Story Of 'The Muncher', Aston Martin Victor's Grandad

The Story Of ’The Muncher’, Aston Martin Victor’s Grandad

There would be no Victor without Robin Hamilton’s insane DBS V8 that brought Aston Martin back at Le Mans in the ’70s

The Porsche 935 is the poster child of the late ’70s and early ’80s in GT racing. Developed by Stuttgart’s wizards and then modified by countless others the world over, Porsche’s Group 5 weapon crushed its opposition with such force that you needed one if you wanted to win on either side of the Atlantic. Robin Hamilton tried to buck the trend by bringing to the table a car of his own from the brand he grew to love, Aston Martin.

Named ’The Muncher’, this 1970 DBS V8 became a twin-turbocharged pseudo-grand-tourer able to go almost 200 mph down Mulsanne and battle prototypes along the way. A success story? Maybe not in the broader sense but it was the foundation stone to Aston Martin’s much-awaited return to sports car endurance racing.

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The Sound Of This Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Will Make You Miss The V-12 Engine

The Sound Of This Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Will Make You Miss The V-12 Engine

With no mufflers to worry about, this retired race car is louder than loud

Aston Martin is known for making some of the most sonorous V-12s in the world and, while the Britons are yet to desert the 12-cylinder engine, the current DB11 and DBS Superleggera models are both powered by a 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12.

With natural aspiration now completely out of the picture, the last Aston to feature an N/A V-12 was the V12 Vantage that bowed out two years ago. Luckily, racing versions of that car can still be seen on the race tracks of the world and, once in a while, the owners are even allowed to run their 600-horsepower beasts without mufflers. Enjoy the straight-piped goodness of a race-prepped N/A V-12!

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The Time Aston Martin Threw A Tracksuit On The DB9

The Time Aston Martin Threw A Tracksuit On The DB9

It was a rare and amazing beast

While on the list of Aston Martins eternally forsaken by Britain’s best-loved and most famous spy, Agent 007, the DB9 marked the company’s proper entry in the new millennium with a V-12-engined grand tourer boasting a more resonant public appeal. Three short years after the car’s formal introduction to the world, Aston Martin’s newly-formed racing department was already churning out not one but two racing versions of the DB9 and the DBRS9 was the more popular of the lot.

With a front-mounted, naturally aspirated, 12-cylinder engine, the DB9 is the modern interpretation of an all-British GT car: elegant, fast, comfortable, and luxurious. In production for a staggering 12 years, the car made a lasting impression on the automotive world as the epitome of four-wheeled cool and, apparently, over 16,000 people agreed with that view since they went in and bought a DB9 during its production cycle that ended in 2016 when the DB11 was introduced. By comparison, the race-going DBRS9 was made in under 30 copies including the development prototypes.

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Aston Martin is Planning a Valkyrie Invasion on the Nurburgring

Aston Martin is Planning a Valkyrie Invasion on the Nurburgring

Is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ’s production car lap record in trouble?

Aston Martin has never held the production car lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. That’s an important distinction to remember because that could change soon when the British automaker brings the Valkyrie hypercar to the famous race track. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Aston Martin appears to be set on making an attempt at the ‘Ring’s production car lap record for “international marketing” purposes, as explained by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer in a conversation with Motoring. Now, talking a big game about setting the production car lap record at the Nurburgring and actually doing it are two very different things. But if there’s a car out there that’s well-equipped to unseat the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (the current record holder) it’s the 1,160-horsepower British hypercar. Only time will tell if Aston Martin goes through with it, but, at this point, it’s probably safe to start taking bets now. Any takers?

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Replacing the legendary Vantage V12 GT3!

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage was introduced in 2018 as the company’s latest entry-level model. It replaced the Vantage model that the British firm offered from 2005 through 2017. With a brand-new model on public roads, Aston Martin is now also offering a couple of race-spec versions, one of which is the Vantage GT3.

Developed to replace the Vantage V12 GT3 that Aston Martin has been racing since 2012, the new Vantage GT3 is closely related to its GTE-spec sibling. The British company will use it as a factory race car, but it will also offer it as a customer racer for GT3-spec series around the world, including the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

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Max Verstappen Road Trips His F1 Ride from the Rockies to Miami: Video

Max Verstappen Road Trips His F1 Ride from the Rockies to Miami: Video

This is waaay better than hypermiling

No matter which flavor of automotive awesomeness you prefer, you absolutely must do a cross-country road trip at least once in your life. Seeing this great country unfold around the double-yellow line is an unforgettable experience, pretty much guaranteeing you’ll find some adventure along the way. Unsurprisingly, adventure is exactly what Max Verstappen finds in this five-minute video chronicling his trip from the Rocky Mountains to Miami.

The video begins on the winding switchbacks of the West, with the Torro Rosso slithering its way through paved (and unpaved) two-lanes as he heads East.

Up next, Verstappen shreds some sand on the beaches of Miami before heading down Ocean Drive for a little peacocking. Then it’s to the docks, where the F1 machine gets into a little race with a speedboat.

So yeah, the video can be a little cheesy at times, but seeing this finely tuned F1 car completely out of its element is reason enough to press play.

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1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype

1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype

The ultimate Aston Martin racer?

Originally designed to compete at Le Mans and considered to be “the most significant one-off Works Aston Martin” in existence, the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype is also one of the most valuable collectible cars in the world. Exuding an almost mythical presence, the history of DP215 is one of heartbreak and accomplishment that marks the end of an era for the British automaker. Lovingly restored over a 40-year period with extensive consultation from the car’s original designer, DP215 now heads to the block later this month at the RM Sotheby’s event in Monterey, where it may very well become the most valuable British car ever sold at public auction.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype.

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

The company’s new contender for the FIA World Endurance Championship

After no fewer than 12 years on the market, the first-generation Vantage was finally replaced by a brand-new car. Revealed in November 2017, the second-gen Vantage joins the DB11 in Aston Martin’s new lineup of cars that use completely new underpinnings and a fresh design language. Alongside the road-going coupe, Aston Martin also unveiled the Vantage GTE race car, which will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Built by the same team that developed the outgoing V8 Vantage GTE, the new race car replaces the company’s most successful competition car of all-time, credited with 37 of the team’s 51 international race victories, including two Le Mans 24 Hour class wins. With extensive optimization of the powertrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, Aston Martin hopes that the new Vantage GTE will be at least as successful as its predecessor.

Although it was just revealed, the race car is under development for many months and has already completed more than 8,000 miles of testing, a 30-hour run at the Navarra track in Spain, as well as a rigorous durability program at Sebring in Florida. Aston Martin says it will keep most of the 2017 driver lineup for the new Vantage GTE. This includes Le Mans GTE Pro class winners Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, as well as the Danish duo and 2016 FIA WEC GTE Pro world champions, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. In addition, AMR has recruited ex-GP2 race winner and now Formula E racer Alex Lynn.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

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2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro

2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro

Extreme supercar taken to the extreme

After years of struggle and maintaining a lineup consisting mainly of old designs, Aston Martin unveiled the Vulcan in 2015. Although it wasn’t the first limited-edition model to have a unique styling, the Vulcan was the first supercar to wear the British badge. It was powerful, fast, radically different from any other Aston Martin, and built in limited numbers. It was also a track-only vehicle, which made it even more exotic. Two years later and the Vulcan returns, this time with an AMR Pro upgrade that makes it even more aerodynamic.

Launched in early 2017, AMR is the company’s new performance brand that basically brings the technology seen in Aston Martin Racing competition cars to customer vehicles. Essentially a body kit upgrade to the already potent Vulcan, the AMR Pro package makes the supercar more aerodynamic and quicker at the race track. At the same time, it moves Aston Martin closer to the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren, companies that have solid customer racing programs and highly customizable products thanks to bespoke high-performance divisions.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro.

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