Aston Martin unveils world’s fastest SUV as F1’s new medical car

The DBX707 replaces the original DBX model used for the 2021 and 2022 seasons and represents a significant upgrade in performance, with obvious benefits in terms of response time and crew ability to reach a crash site.

Aston Martin shares FIA medical and safety car supply agreement with Mercedes. Previously, the choice of which track was chosen was largely determined by commercial and marketing reasons, but this year logistics will play more of a role in how the schedule is allocated for reasons of viability and transport costs.

For the past couple of seasons it’s been no secret that the original DBX wasn’t quite as quick on a track as its Mercedes counterpart – currently the AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ model – but that’s changed now.

Launched in the luxury SUV market last year, the DBX707 is officially capable of 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds, compared to 3.9 seconds for the outgoing model.

It has a top speed of 193 mph, beating competitors in its class such as the Lamborghini Urus Performante, Ferrari Purosangue, Bentley Bentayga and Maserati Levante Trofeo, and allowing the car to be known as the fastest SUV in the world.

The new model is powered at this speed by a 697bhp version of the AMG-sourced 4-litre V8 engine, compared to the original version’s 542bhp and the 649bhp equivalent of the Mercedes medical car.

Developed by Aston, the upgraded engine features revised software, a new turbo and a new induction system among its many tweaks.

On the outside, the DBX707 gets a revised spoiler and a new aggressive rear diffuser arrangement. The car has more carbon components than the previous model, including the drive shaft.

Aston Martin medical car

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The medical car version has been developed with the help of Aston Martin racer and tester Darren Turner and long-time FIA ​​medical car driver Alan van der Merwe. The latter helped set up the car in Bahrain last week.

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It’s essentially the same as the standard road model apart from some suspension changes, a different exhaust and the addition of the obvious necessary modifications for the job such as seats and harnesses, a roll cage, a roof light bar and safety equipment in the boot , such as fire extinguishers.

As is customary Aston Martin has supplied two medical cars for use by the FIA, with one kept in reserve. There are three safety cars used on a rotating basis with two present at each event.

“The DBX707 is the perfect vehicle for the critical role as F1’s FIA Official Medical Car,” said Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer Roberto Fedeli.

“It delivers the performance and punch required for the world’s biggest racetracks, in addition to the flexibility and space required by the sport’s officials and doctors.

“With the eyes of the world on our products, there is pressure to perform, but that pressure pushes us to constantly improve.

“To see our cars used in an official capacity at such prestigious events is something that everyone at Aston Martin is very proud of.”

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