The lights are on for the new Formula 1 season this weekend, with the Bahrain Grand Prix roaring to life on Sunday 5 March at 3pm.
In its new role as F1’s official medical car, the Aston Martin DBX707 will be on call in case of emergency. The flagship 707hp SUV replaces the regular 550hp DBX, which had been the trackside first-responder vehicle for the first two F1 seasons.
The Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition (pictured above left) will continue to serve as the Grand Prix safety car, driven by the experienced Bernd Mayländer.
As the most powerful SUV in the world, the DBX707 can react quickly to accidents – and carry all necessary medical equipment in its 638-litre boot. As the most powerful SUV in the world, the DBX707 can react quickly to accidents – and carry all necessary medical equipment in its 638-litre boot.
Its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 drives all four wheels through a nine-speed paddle-shift transmission. Using the Race Start function, 0-62mph takes just 3.3 seconds. Maximum speed – perhaps on the long straight at Yas Marina – is 193 mph.
Suitable for its role as a medical vehicle, the DBX707 is fitted with FIA-approved racing seats, each with a six-point racing harness. Fire extinguishers, medical bags and defibrillators are also carried on board.
Passengers have direct connections to the race control and FIA marshalling systems, as well as biometric data from the 20 drivers. Specially developed Pirelli P Zero tires also help the 2,245kg SUV complete each track as quickly as possible.
Both the DBX707 and the Vantage F1 Edition are finished in the same racing green as the Aston Martin AMR23 Formula 1 cars driven by Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.
We drove the hottest DBX last year and concluded: “The 707 is bombastic without sacrificing any of the everyday politeness of its siblings. It’s a 21-gun salute to the era of the internal combustion engine. The ultimate SUV, at least for now.”
Off the track, the DBX707’s rivals include the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and the new Lamborghini Urus Performante.
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