Aston Martin Valkyrie Will Spawn Bespoke Red Bull Road Car

Clearly, there are still a few kinks to iron out as Newey confirmed that development isn’t finished yet. “It’s still slightly raw; there’s some development still to be done,” he said. “The car at Goodwood didn’t have active suspension and there’s lots of mapping work still to be done. But I think when everything comes together, it will be really special.”Despite this, customer deliveries for the Valkyrie are still on track for September. Those who were lucky enough to secure an order for one of the 150 cars planned for production won’t be disappointed. During a test drive at Goodwood, Newey compared the Valkyrie to a high-performance superbike. “You can take it to the shops, but you really need to have your wits about you or it will bite you. When you really enjoy it is when you take it on track.”
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Aston Martin To Replace DB11 And Vantage With EVs

Aston Martin’s new executive team has made a decision that will change the company forever. The next-generation DB11 and Vantage will be ditching their combustion engines in favor of all-electric setups. Automotive News Europe confirmed this with CEO Tobias Moers. “The succession of our traditional sports segment has to be full electric, no doubt,” he said.Both vehicles are front-engined and were launched in 2016 and 2018, respectively, and are currently share a Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. The DB11 also comes powered by a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12. We previously learned Aston Martin’s first all-electric model will arrive in 2025 or 2026, but only now do we know for sure it’ll either be the next DB11 or Vantage. Our money is on the DB11.
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Aston Martin Reveals 2022 Updates With Incredible New Online Configurator

New interior trim environments, called ‘Create,’ ‘Accelerate, and ‘Inspire,’ are available across the lineup and can be viewed on the configurator, too. The intention is to make selecting the ideal interior easier by bundling up materials, colors, and features selected by the design team. Completely bespoke interiors are totally possible but they require additional time, hence those pre-selected environs.As they build their new Aston Martin DBX, Vantage, DB11, or DBS, customers can alternate from a purely online experience to one with a human being, meaning they can be put in touch with their local dealer for personalized assistance. A downloadable brochure detailing their new car’s specs can also be shared on social media.
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F1: Sebastian Vettel Stays Back To Clean Litter From The Grandstands After The British GP

After early retirement in the 2021 British GP, Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel was seen in the grandstands clearing litter with fans, setting the right example.

Sebastian Vettel was spotted clearing up litter at the Silverstone grandstands after the race

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Sebastian Vettel was spotted clearing up litter at the Silverstone grandstands after the race

The 2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix was all kinds of controversial for a number of reasons. Be it that collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, the decision made by stewards or the racist remarks made towards Hamilton after the race, a lot of it was just consequences of questionable decisions made by people. However, the silver lining of the British Grand Prix turned out to be not the race itself but what happened after. Bringing a heartwarming visual post-race, former F1 world champion and Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel was seen litter picking in the grandstands at Silverstone.

Also Read: F1: Hamilton Wins Thriller At Silverstone As Verstappen Crashes Out

Images of the same were shared by the Aston Martin F1 team’s social media handles but fans too managed to get up close and personal with the driver. Those at the track said that Vettel spent hours helping collect litter across various grandstands on the circuit.

That’s a nice way of using his spare time, especially after a less than favourable race for the driver. Vettel retired in the British GP after an early spin after a lengthy fight with Fernando Alonso. The driver could hardly recover after the incident due to an overheated engine.

Also Read: F1, FIA & Mercedes Issue Statement Against Racism Post Hamilton’s British GP Win

This certainly sets the right precedent for Vettel’s fans and definitely earns him respect from everyone. Moreover, this stands testament to the fact that actions matter more than words.

Meanwhile, Hamilton secured yet another victory securing his eighth victory at the circuit, while Verstappen had to be hospitalised post his crash on the opening lap. The driver though escaped the incident unharmed.

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After Vettel exit, Aston Martin secured secure four points at the end of the race with co-driver Lance Stroll finishing at P8. The team stands sixth in the constructors’ standings, one point away from fifth place occupied by Alpha Tauri.

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A $6 Part Caused The Aston Martin Valkyrie To Breakdown

Speaking with Autosport, Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll confirmed what happened. Apparently, a £5 ($6.89) part caused the $3.25 million Valkyrie to break down.”There was some small electrical glitch, some £5 part between the low voltage battery and the high voltage battery that decided not to work for some reason at that moment,” said Stroll. “We’ve never had that problem in testing. [We’re] kind of happy it happened now, we hadn’t seen it before, and it’s something we get from an external source. So we understood it and repaired it immediately.” Stroll also confirmed that customer deliveries for the Valkyrie are still on track for September.
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Aston Martin Valhalla Gets V8 Power And Stunning New Design

Despite the unusual seating position, you get some luxuries like dual-zone automatic climate control, full LED Matrix headlights with auto high-beams, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and the obligatory rearview camera, which can be upgraded to a surround-view system at an extra cost.Despite all this new information, Aston Martin has not revealed when we can expect to see the final product, but with F1 drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, and Lance Stroll offering their insights to the development team, you can bet that when it finally arrives, the Valhalla will be worth the wait.
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F1: Aston Martin Would Embrace The Entry Of The Volkswagen Group

Stroll like most team bosses is in the favour of the entry of the VW group to give more credibility to the sport.

Lawrence Stroll acquired the Force India team in 2018 and converted it to Aston Martin in 2021

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Lawrence Stroll acquired the Force India team in 2018 and converted it to Aston Martin in 2021

Aston Martin’s owner Lawrence Stroll has said that he would embrace the entry of the Volkswagen Group (VW Group) to the pinnacle of motorsport — Formula One. This comes after VW Group CEOs Markus Deusmann and Oliver Blume of Audi and Porsche respectively met with senior F1, FIA and F1 engine manufacturer representatives during the Austrian GP weekend. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the next engine formula which came into force by 2025. Stroll hosted a special round table for select journalists which was attended by various UK based motor sporting publications and blogs. He was wholeheartedly supportive of the idea of the VW Group entering the sport, something which the Group has tantalised the F1 management with earlier but never come through on its explorations. 

“I would certainly welcome and embrace the entry of the VW Group. I just think it would show us the strength of the sport. The stronger groups that are in the sport, the better for everyone involved, whether it be fans, whether it be team owners, whether it be FOM or FIA. So I know they’re quite engulfed in conversations about returning with one or two of their brands, and I am very excited and supportive of them coming into the sport. I think it would be great,” said the billionaire owner of the Aston Martin F1 team and the executive chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda. 

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The Audi CEO is also the boss of Olive Blume as Audi owns Porsche

Most manufacturers are open to the idea of the VW group entering the sport especially after the pandemic induced exit of Honda at the end of this year. Honda’s exit triggered the engine development freeze as Red Bull agreed to acquire its IP but since it had to build factories, hire staff and basically create an organisation from the ground up it was never going to be in a position to develop Honda’s power unit which from next year onwards will be rebranded to Red Bull in likelihood. 

It also helps that Formula One is littered with ex VW Group staff. In fact, Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of F1, was the CEO of Lamborghini and before that was at Audi. Jost Capito the CEO of Williams was the motor sporting head at VW. In fact, even McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidle has worked under Capito. 

In the wake of the diesel gate fiasco, the VW group abandoned all plans to enter F1. The key for the new engine formula will be sustainability as most manufacturers want a fully sustainable power unit based on renewable energy with a combination of electrification and biofuels. Cost is also a huge issue, so many folks also want many of the technologies that are in the current V6 turbo hybrid internal combustion engines to be carried forward. 

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Jost Capito led the VW group to its success in WRC

“When you look where the automotive industry is going, the CO2 discussion is an issue. I am absolutely convinced that Formula 1 has to go to zero CO2 as well from 2025, but there are more technical options than just full electric. E-fuels is something that has to be investigated, has to be looked at, and also in combination with hybrid,” said Williams CEO Jost Capito recently 

“In my view, these systems and technology have a future on mobility, and therefore I think the regulations should go in that direction but should investigate all options. Therefore it is right that car manufacturers have to be part of the discussion. They have to be attracted to the new regulations or they wouldn’t join,” he added. 

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His comments are in line with what Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has said and as well as Toto Wolff who leads Mercedes. Though there is an indication that Red Bull may not fully agree with these views. 

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F1: Lawrence Stroll Not Ruling Out Hamilton Move For Aston Martin

As for hiring Hamilton, it will be a long shot for the Canadian, considering by the time he is done with Mercedes he will be 38.

The 7-time world champion is a catch for any team and Stroll also is interested

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The 7-time world champion is a catch for any team and Stroll also is interested

Lawrence Stroll, the owner of the Aston Martin F1 team and the executive chairman of the Aston Martin road car company has revealed that he would be crazy to not consider 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton if he were to become available. Hamilton recently signed for another two years with Mercedes till 2023. In this case, Hamilton is interested post-2023, he will be 38 years old. 

“Absolutely. You’d have to be crazy not to want to have Lewis drive for you,” said the billionaire. “As you know, we are hiring brilliant new senior and technical engineering talent all the time, and the result will be a technical and engineering strength in the company, and the depth, equal to if not better than any other Formula 1 team,” Stroll stated.

Stroll, as a part of his ambition, made the choice to invoke a clause in Sergio Perez’s contract which was valid till 2022 and instead hired 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel when news broke out that he would be leaving Ferrari at the end of 2020 season. 

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The former Racing Point team gets a new name and British racing green shade

“We currently have approximately 500 employees. When I took over at Force India we had approximately 400. We’ve grown by about 100, and it’s not just quantity it’s quality. In Formula 1 it takes time to get people, as you are well aware, contracts, gardening leave etcetera, but in the near term, we plan to push that number to approximately 800 people. It shows the belief in our goals, in our targets, in our journey, the level of people that are joining us,” he stated. 

Recently, Aston Martin has been on a spree of hiring talent from Red Bull. Aston Martin hired senior Red Bull aerodynamicist, Dan Fallows, as its technical director after it elevated Andy Green as the chief technology officer. Aston Martin also is investing in a new wind tunnel and a new factory which speaks volumes of the vision that Lawrence Stroll has for the team. 

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As for hiring Hamilton, it will be a long shot for the Canadian, considering by the time he is done with Mercedes he will be 38. Then there is also the case of the two drivers he has – one is his own son Lance Stroll while the other one is no slouch in 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel who has started to show some serious form with the team. 

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Listen To The 1,000+HP Aston Martin Valkyrie Rev Its V12

The body consists of generous amounts of carbon fiber, including the suspension. There are also Perspex side windows and a windscreen. Astonishingly, the automaker says the Valkyrie AMR Pro’s aerodynamic efficiency even surpasses that of Le Mans hypercar regulations. Official performance specs still aren’t available, oddly enough, but AM is confident this hardcore Valkyrie will lap the 8.5-mile Le Mans circuit in about 3 minutes and 20 seconds.The AMR Pro further differs from the road car with its slightly longer chassis at the wheelbase, 3.77 inches wider at the front, and 4.5 inches wider out back. A special aerodynamics package increases overall length by 10.4 inches and throws down twice the amount of downforce.
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Sebastian Vettel Turns 34 Today; Here Are His 5 Best Performances In F1

4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel who is racing for the Aston Martin Cognizant team this weekend in Austria has turned 34.

4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel who is racing for the Aston Martin Cognizant team this weekend in Austria has turned 34 today. The German celebrates his birthday during a race weekend where he and his team are hoping to get some points. Statistically, Vettel is the third most successful driver in the history of the sport with 53 race wins and even on the current grid is only dwarfed by the staggering achievements of Lewis Hamilton who has been world champion 6 of the last 7 years. As the feisty German becomes one of the senior statesmen of the sport, we take a look at his best five performances. 

Baku 2021 

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In recent years, especially his last two years at Ferrari have thrown a shade against the legacy of Sebastian Vettel. But his recent performances in the mid-field trotting Aston Martin have proven that there is a lot of skill on tap. His performance at the recently concluded Azerbaijan GP particularly showed why he is considered amongst the greatest ever Formula One has witnessed. His valiant drive propelled him from P11 to P2 with him even having a shot at victory. 

Abu Dhabi 2012 

9 years before Baku, when Vettel was challenging for his world title in 2012, the German put out a mega drive starting from the pit lane avoiding many crashes in what was a chaotic race to close out his 3rd world title. At the time, particularly in 2012, Fernando Alonso had mounted a monstrous challenge in a Ferrari that was clearly superior so there were question marks over Vettel’s race craft which he put to bed with this performance. 

Silverstone 2018 

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In all his years at Ferrari, Mercedes usually had the better car, but not in 2018. By the time the season had moved to Great Britain at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton’s home race, Ferrari had a great car, but the onus was on Vettel to put in a performance that could help the Scuderia topple the Silver Arrows. While things didn’t work out according to plan over the course of the season, Vettel started from pole and generally dominated the race, in front of Hamilton’s home crowd, demonstrating that Ferrari had its moments in its fight against the Mercedes. 

Malaysian 2015

When Vettel had joined Ferrari in 2015, he was replacing Fernando Alonso and was taking on a highly dominant Mercedes. Nobody believed that anyone, even the mighty prancing horse could actually beat the Germans who had mastered the new engine regulations. But within one race of joining the team he dreamed of being a part of since he was a kid, Vettel, defeated the Mercedes duo thanks to the safety car and a strategic error by the Mercedes team. Despite the faster car, Hamilton and Rosberg didn’t have an answer to Vettel’s pace reminding everyone why and how he had flown away to 4 world titles before anyone else in history. 

Monza 2008

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The 2008 Italian GP marked the arrival of a future world champion and an unexpected race win. In a chaotic rainy race, Vettel in the junior Red Bull team of Torro Rosso won after qualifying on p2 because of a wet qualifying session, showcasing brilliant car control in treacherous conditions. It marked the arrival of a superstar. 

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