In 1959, Aston Martin entered Formula One.
The car was the DBR 4 and its main driver was Roy Salvador.
My first impression of the car was good.
The roadholding was excellent.
And the brakes are absolutely fabulous.
They really weren't good.
At all round I thought that we had a competitive golf
Silverstone of course is a series of very fast corners.
At 90 miles I was just three seconds behind jack, but I thought I was pushing it rather.
And I felt that jack could have gone quicker.
So I settled the second position.
However, I did make fastest lap which equal the circuit lap record echo Go, he was quite a fast second, but with some slow corners in the infield, and so in different performance from low reps really tilted against us.
And while the smaller, lighter and generally more agile rarities and cars rushed around successfully, we were having a hard time [SOUND] Fundamental problem with the astronauts wait.
This raise really told us that an estimate for tanks wasn't as competitive as we'd hoped.
And we were struggling from then on.
The writing was on the wall.
After 61 years, Aston is back in Formula One.
And to talk us through the stunning livery of this f1 car is Aston Martin's chief creative officer.
We have always raised in green 108 years as Aston Martin and it started back in 1922 racing in the first Grand Prix with a green car and we're back on the F1 grid in a green car.
We have studied throughout the 108 years The various greens that we have raised him and obviously the pre war cars It was kind of a mixed bag.
Whatever green paint was around, typically the car was painted in that color.
And actually the green comes from celebrating racing in Ireland for the British team way back.
And that's why they painted the cars in green because they were racing in Ireland and celebrating St.
Postwar 59 famously winning at the mall with the DBL 1 and this is a derivation of that green.
So for me, that's one of our most beautiful cars, the DBL 1 is an incredible car and that the green really makes that kind of synonymous with our racing history and what we did.
Let's take that green and develop it for the F1 car.
It does seem very simple.
It's just a green car.
Actually, there's a lot more to it than that.
Believe it or not, that's a 12-month process to get the color right.
And it's gone through so many different iterations We have to consider weight in terms of the F1 cars well the weight of the paint and its pigment, the repeatability.
How does it then transfer onto the road cars, but it's really about showing the car the proportion of the car through the Simple Green graphic, there is a tone on tone which Adds the line through the lower of the car and actually comes to this point so you read the kind of swoosh at the end of the car if you like and adds a slightly different colour so your eye is drawn upwards rather than lowered down into the base of the car.
And then the hall of the lower Is in the black carbon so it really elevates the body of the car.
And for me, it's purity and simplicity.
It's all about the language of green, the car itself and then having subtle hints of the form on the shape of an F1 car.
The technical side of these cars is just incredible.
I'm an f1 fan.
First of all, yes, I'm a designer but I'm an f1 fan.
And actually being close to these these incredible machines is it's wonderful the materials first First of all, you notice other materials used The layering of ,the carbon fibers, that kind of gloss, or matter texture, to the carbon fibers as well.
Then you look at, all the fine flutes, the elements, the bargeboards, the complexity of cars Carbon Fiber through the sides of the cars, and then how accurate everything is as it's put together.
There is an overall body form of course, and that is very functional driven by the aerodynamics.
So really working with the f1 car is about showing the machine to its best qualities There's just such amazing products to look at.
I'm amazed every time I see them and of course, when they move for the first time you see them leaving the pet garage.
The hairs on the back of my neck always go up.
Of course, a big part of any F1 livery these days is the sponsors logos, but what do they all mean?
I'm so glad you asked.
Cognizant American IT company, Pironi.
Libera Italian alcohol free beer.
IFS Stands for industrial financial systems.
It's a software company based in Sweden.
JCB British diggers.
PIRELLI, you probably know that one.
NetApp, American company providing data storage.
Sentinel one, an American cybersecurity company, DWT best water technology and Austrian water treatment company.
Bombardier business jets alpinestars Italian racewear manufacturer what the drivers were wearing in the cars replay an Italian fashion label specializing in denim, ie what the drivers will wear out of the cars EPOS.
Spanish high performance audio equipment, or headphones.
Aquimundo, a product from DWT.
Crypto currency platform, think Bitcoin.
expect to see drivers scratching their chins during interviews as they try to get these swiss watches in the shot.
And if your really eagle eyed then you'll spot Ravenol, a GEM brand providing lubricants So now you know and you can borrow your friends on a Sunday afternoon.
Many of you will also have spotted that this is in fact at 2020 Racing point in 2021 Aston Martin livery.
So what will the major changes be on the 2021 car?
Well for this year, the floors have to be cut away more at the rear and they must be solid so no more of those slots at the edges.
Slightly harder to see will be the lower rear brake duct winglets, which will have to be shortened from 80 to 40 millimeters and then there are the rear diffuser fences, the vertical bits, which have to be reduced in height by 50 millimeters this year.
This is all aimed at reducing downforce.
There's also been a slight increase in the minimum weight of the cars in that annfield state, rising from 746 kilos to 752 kilos.
And the minimum weight of the power unit has gone up from 145 kilos to 150 kilos in 2021.
Pirelli has developed a new, more robust Thai compound for this year, and after the hullabaloo around racing points to 2020 car looking very much like a 2019 Mercedes.
There are now stricter rules on teams copying or reverse engineering other teams parts.
Now, if you've got a Formula One car in a studio, and no one's looking, what do you do?
Sit in it of course.
If only see if you fit, which amazingly, I do.
The Halo really isn't as intrusive as I thought it might be either.
And lying back legs in the air got me thinking of another car, another Aston Martin effect, the extraordinary Valkyrie.
Sitting in the new hypercar re does have the same closely packaged extreme, slightly intimidating vibe as the f1 car.
In fact, it's quite interesting comparing the two cars in other ways as well.
You can certainly see similarities in the aero agenda with volta.
Text generators in similar places such as the ends of the front wings, and those aforementioned slots and floors, but the Valkyrie is much more focused on ground effects, with its huge venturi tunnels under the car, creating low pressure and sucking it to the ground.
The current f1 car of course, tries to do the same thing, but the rules inhibited the new 2020 to Formula One rules we'll see cars more akin to the Valkyrie encouraging grand effects, The actual dimensions of the two cars are also interesting.
The widths are similar 1900 millimetres for the Valkyrie 2000 millimetres for the F1 car.
Although the F1 cars bodywork between the wheels cannot exceed 1600 millimetres.
The big difference is in the length of the cars.
The Valkyrie is 4.6 metres long, but the F1 car is a gargantuan 5.7 metres long.
The Valkyrie will reduce 1000 brake horsepower from its naturally aspirated V 12.
revving to over 11,000 RPM with an additional 160 brake horsepower from the motor.
By comparison, the f1 cars tiny 1.6 liter turbocharged V six produces around 850 brake horsepower revs to a cap 15,000 rpm and there is an identical additional 160 brake horsepower from mg UK The Valkyries 2g cornering ability is sensational for aerocart and will increase to over 3g for the track only version, but an F1 driver will be subjected to up to 6g while cornering.
However, the 4g braking capability of the Valkyrie is very close to the 5g experienced in the F1 car.
So there we are a Red Bull and a Mercedes both wearing Aston Martin badges.
I just this has been a fascinating comparison into incredibly impressive and rather beautiful cars that Sebastian Vettel and Lance draw will no doubt be eager to get their hands on.
Now, you want to hear that Valkyrie start up, don't you?
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