Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll has pointed out that his British carmaker has made tens of millions of euros from the Safety Car. Since the green car and flashing lights can be seen during neutralizations in the Formula 1 race, the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition has become very popular among those who can afford to buy a car.
Since 2021, the Aston Martin Vantage has been the official first-class Safety Car alongside the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. So the British brand produced a special F1 Edition of the Vantage and about 300 to 400 of these were sold.
From Opel Vectras to Lamborghini Diablos
Until 1996, having a dedicated Safety Car was not standard and Safety Car sessions were also rare. During the Canadian Grand Prix in 1973, the Safety Car was used for the first time in the form of the Porsche 914. In 1983 the Lamborghini Countach was used for the Monaco Grand Prix. Eleven years later, the Opel Vectra and Honda Prelude appeared in San Marino and Japan, respectively. The Lamborghini Diablo was used as a Safety Car in Canada in 1995 and the same year we saw a Porsche 911 GT2 with flashing lights at Spa-Francorchamps. From 1996, Mercedes cars are used, including C36 AMG, CLK63 AMG, SL63 AMG, SLS AMG, AMG GT R and now AMG GT Black Series.
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300 to 400 F1 versions are sold
“There’s a saying that I didn’t believe in, but we’re seeing it for ourselves now: compete on Sunday, sell on Monday,” Stroll explained at the Financial Times Future of the Car Summit, quoted by. Business Inside. The Canadian said he had sold 300 to 400 versions of the Aston Martin Vantage F1. “It seems small, but for a company of our size it is important.” The F1 version of the Aston Martin Vantage can cost around 200,000 euros. Once the British manufacturer sells 400 of them, it will have made 80 million Euros, thanks to the offer it has received to be the official safety car of Formula 1.