“Mercedes has provided the lone official safety car for every Formula 1 season since 1996. This year, that changes.
Aston Martin has announced that its Vantage will officially join the Mercedes AMG GT R as an official safety car of F1. Because an F1 safety car is required to keep up relatively quick speeds for a pace car, this particular Vantage has been modified to produce an additional 24 horsepower, pushing the total to 528 and the car’s 0-60 time to a quick 3.5 seconds. Additional modifications have increased stiffness and front downforce, all making the car faster than its road-going counterpart despite its massive, roof-mounted light bar.” For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.