A Welsh made car will be the safest on the grid when the lights go out to start this year’s F1 season in Bahrain on Sunday.
Aston Martin will raise the intensity by unleashing the might of the world’s most powerful ultra-luxury St Athan-built SUV, DBX707, as an Official FIA Medical Car of Formula 1.
The critically acclaimed DBX707 has received significant engine, transmission, suspension, and brake upgrades, which have elevated the Aston Martin brand to the pinnacle of SUV performance.
Add to that pin-point dynamics, new commanding body styling and an upgraded interior, and DBX707 becomes the point at which performance meets luxury. It is the fastest, most powerful, best handling and most engaging car of its kind.
Responsible for the vital task of transporting the sport’s medics to the scene of an incident, the previous DBX Medical Car saw its share of action during the past two Grand Prix seasons, and now DBX707 is ready to take its natural place on the world’s greatest circuits along with the Aston Martin Vantage Safety Car (above).
Achieving 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds, DBX707 boasts 707PS with 900NM of torque. Engineered with an abundance of character and compelling capability, the drivers of the Official Medical Car of Formula 1® will now be able to get the medics to where they are needed faster than before.
Supplying the official cars has supported Aston Martin’s product development, with data gathered from the DBX being driven by a professional driver around the Grand Prix circuits helping its vehicle dynamics experts push boundaries while developing the high-performance DBX707.
One of the key upgrades is the introduction of a new wet clutch transmission, providing noticeably faster gear changes and an improved launch capability known as “Race Start” that is ready and waiting for the call to action from Race Control. Also key to the dynamic feel of the car, Pirelli, Formula 1 Global Tyre Partner, provides specifically developed P Zero tyres underlining the DBX707’s driver-focused credentials.
The DBX707 will be fully adapted and equipped for its role as Official FIA Medical Car. The essential equipment required, such as fire extinguishers, medical bags and a defibrillator all has its own place in the DBX707 so it is easy to check everything is onboard.
The car is fitted with FIA-approved racing seats, each with a six-point racing harness as it will be driven to the limits on the track. The passengers will have access to communications from Race Control, and be able to see not only the FIA Marshalling system but biometric data from the F1 drivers and live television images, which will allow early assessment of any incident even before they arrive at the scene.