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Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition brings race track performance to the open road

Aston Martin is offering the car as a coupe or roadster.

Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda

There's track-centric sports cars and then there's the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition. Based on the Vantage that serves as an Official Safety Car of Formula 1, the Vantage F1 Edition brings track-honed performance to the open road (or the crowded street - it depends on where you drive it).

The new Vantage is the pinnacle of the Vantage lineup. It benefits from the chassis and aerodynamics improvements that have been put in place to engineer the safety car.

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition

Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda

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It comes with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that has been enhanced to achieve 527 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque. Aston Martin has paired the engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Peak torque holds at the top of the curve longer than is traditional to increase tractability and in-gear urgency.

The car's structural stiffness was increased to improve steering feel and response. The internal workings of the car's campers have increased their effective force range. This change improves the car's ability to crest hills without losing performance capability.

An increased rear spring rate and lateral stiffness help to sharpen turn-in and increase traction to ensure that the back end's response complements the front end's action.

The steering system has been edited for driver clarity. It now offers greater feedback to the driver to help create a pure drive experience.

The rig rides on 21-inch Satin Black Diamond Turned alloy wheels. That's up form the 20-inchers on the traditional Vantage model. Each wheel is wrapped in Pirelli low-profile tires that were specially developed specifically for the F1 Edition car.

At top speed, the Vantage F1 Edition's aero kit is designed to deliver 200 kilograms more downforce than the traditional Vantage. The new rear wing on the car is a big part of that. A full-width front splitter, front dive planes, and underbody turning vanes also aid with the aerodynamics.

Aston Martin will sell you the car as a coupe or a roadster. A vaned grille is standard on all models, as are 2x2 Twill Carbon Fiber exterior accents and a quad exhaust.

Buyers can get their car in an Aston Martin Racing Green paint job or choose Jet Black or Lunar White. All models have a Solid Matte Dark Grey racing graphic. The interior has Obsidian Black Leather and Phantom Grey Alcantara upholstery and trim, with a choice of Lime Green, Obsidian Black, Wolf Grey or Spicy Red contrast stripe and stitching.

The new Vantage F1 Edition is on sale now with a recommended retail price from £142,000 in the UK and €162,000 in Germany with deliveries scheduled to begin in May 2021.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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The new Type R set a Suzuka Circuit lap record.

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The new Honda Civic somehow improves on the formula laid out by its numerous predecessors and does so with style, refinement, and value. The Civic Si built on that foundation with a potent turbocharged engine and solid handling, but Honda's not done with the Civic. The automaker just teased the new Civic Type R, and it set records at Japan's Suzuka Circuit during a recent testing session.

The All-New 2023 Type R Achieves Track Record at Suzukawww.youtube.com

The Type R lapped Suzuka Circuit in 2 minutes, 23.120 seconds, a record-breaking lap for a front-wheel drive car. The video features neat telemetry information on-screen during the lap as well, but the real excitement comes later when full specs are revealed.

Honda's been understandably mum on details on the new Type R's powertrain and performance numbers, but the car is expected to carry the same powertrain with its predecessor. The 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made that car a force to be reckoned with, so the 2023 Civic Type R will likely continue carrying that torch.

Honda Civic Type RHonda will fully reveal the car this summer. Honda

Honda will reveal the car in all its glory this summer. As for pricing, the previous car started around $38,000, so the new model should be around there to start. That, of course, is before dealers mark it up and other lucky buyers snap them up for insane resale on an auction site.

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