When Aston Martin met Red Bull Racing
The high-octane world of Formula 1 racing is waking from its summertime slumber with a slew of launches of a buzzing bunch of racing cars that will be both bigger and faster than the cars of recent years.
Australians will be the first to see the refettled circus hit the track in the season opener in Melbourne in March. But if all the hubbub about racing and speed seems a little irrelevant to your day to day life, a solution of sorts is at hand.
Sports car maker Aston Martin has merged the fast-paced but inaccessible vibe of the F1 Paddock with a launch of its own, adding the look and feel of a racer from the Red Bull Racing stable to one of its tried-and-true models, the Vantage S.
An ‘innovation partnership’ between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing sees the V8 and V12 Vantage S models receive limited Red Bull Racing Edition treatment, which can even include the seal of approval from Red Bull F1 drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Created by the ‘Q by Aston Martin’ division, the pair of Vantage S models receive deep Mariana Blue paintwork with red in-fills on the grille and yellow brake calipers. The overt exterior treatment is finished off with a race-inspired carbon fibre splitter, diffuser, grille and side strakes.
Inside, features include headrests embroidered with the Red Bull Racing logo, carbon fibre trim inlays, diamond-quilting and an alcantara steering wheel. Customers can opt to have Ricciardo or Verstappen sign their door sill and inspection plaque for an extra stamp of F1 cred.
The Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition will be displayed at the Australian F1 Grand Prix, and orders are being taken from $259,995 drive-away.