Aston Martin DBX707, the world’s most powerful luxury SUV, is the new Official FIA Medical Car of Formula 1.
Formula 1 is back after the winter break, and this season promises more action and close fights. Aston Martin, aside from their new signing with Fernando Alonso, will be showcasing its ultra-luxury SUV, the DBX707, as the official FIA Medical Car for Formula 1.
The DBX707 is the no-compromise, fully loaded variant of the DBX, and has received significant engine, transmission, suspension, and brake upgrades. These upgrades make it the (at the time of writing) the most powerful SUV on the planet.
Achieving the century sprint in just 3.1 seconds, the DBX707 boasts 700bhp with 900Nm of torque. Add to that pin-point dynamics, new commanding body styling and an upgraded interior, and the DBX707 is a perfect candidate for delivering prompt medical attention at any international circuit.
The medical car has been vital as long as Formula 1 has been racing, responsible for the vital task of transporting the sport’s medics to the scene of an incident. One of the most famous incidents in recent history was Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash in Bahrain, with the Mercedes E63 medical car on the scene seconds after the crash occurred.
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”. Also key to the dynamic feel of the car, Pirelli provides specifically developed P Zero tyres.
The DBX707 will be fully adapted and equipped for its role as Official FIA Medical Car. On top of the essential emergency equipment, the car is fitted with FIA-approved racing seats, each with a six-point racing harness. Occupants 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.
Roberto Fedeli, Aston Martin Chief Technology Officer, said: “DBX707 is the perfect vehicle for the critical role as an Official FIA Medical Car of Formula 1, providing the performance and punch required for the world’s greatest racing circuits.”
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Formula 1® and the FIA this season, with the pinnacle of motorsport a perfect environment for Aston Martin to showcase the capabilities of our ultra-luxury high-performance cars. With the eyes of the world on our products, there is pressure to perform, but that intensity pushes us to constantly improve. Seeing our cars used in an official capacity at such prestigious events is something that everyone at Aston Martin is very proud of.”
At some races, the Aston Martin Vantage will retain its role as the FIA Safety Car, doubling down on the Aston goodness.
Alan van der Merwe, FIA Medical Car driver said: "The updated FIA Medical Car is an impressive step forward and ensures that we will keep pace in the high-speed world of Formula 1®. It's definitely going to allow the Medical Car team to fully focus on the job and respond quickly and safely during any on-track deployments. It's great to be heading into a new season well prepared and well equipped."
Look out for the DBX707 when you tune in to Formula 1 this season! Hopefully it isn’t driven to an actual emergency.