Aston Martin DBX 707 Will Rush F1 Medics to Accidents
The Aston Martin DBX 707 is the official medical car of the 2023 Formula 1 season.
The 707-hp SUV is fitted with myriad emergency gear as well as FIA-approved racing seats and harnesses.
The '23 F1 World Championship season starts this weekend on Sunday, March 5, where the medic-equipped DBX 707 will debut too.
Not a single Formula 1 driver wants to get into an accident this upcoming 2023 season. However, when crashes inevitably happen, medical responders will be raced to the scene in a 707-hp SUV—the Aston Martin DBX 707, to be exact.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) today announced that it has named the DBX 707 as the official medical car of the '23 F1 season, which will kick off with the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend on Sunday, March 5.
Painted Aston Martin Racing Green and fitted with emergency lights on top, the medic version of the DBX 707 features myriad safety gear and other equipment needed to respond to an accident. As one expects, that list includes fire extinguishers and a defibrillator, but its passengers can also hear race control communications and access biometric data from the drivers. This helps medical responders assess the accident before they arrive.
To ensure that the emergency personnel get to racetrack crash sites as quickly and as safely as possible, Aston's high-powered SUV is driven by a professional driver. All passengers are also strapped in place by a set of FIA-approved racing seats with six-point harnesses.
During the past two F1 seasons, the FIA has used the regular 542-hp DBX as the official medical car. However, it's much less powerful than the 707 variant, which is also enhanced with track-ready hardware such as carbon-ceramic brakes and a nine-speed automatic transmission with a wet-clutch pack.
In our testing, the DBX 707 hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and ripped through the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds and 119 mph. Not too shabby for a 5128-pound SUV. And in the hands of a pro hotshoe, the official FIA version will make sure that when F1 drivers are in danger they get the medical attention they need ASAP.
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