Since the last Aston Martin Formula One™ challenger, the DBR5, raced in 1960, the engineering and technological makeup of the cars has changed beyond all recognition. Where straight speed, handling and a skilled driver were enough to dominate the championship back then, the science, aerodynamic understanding and athletic profile of today’s thoroughbred racing machines and their drivers is almost beyond comprehension. 

While a technical regulation revolution is scheduled for 2022 in Formula One™, 2021 represents more of an evolution, with new rules aiming to reduce downforce across the board.

The most noticeable development to the new Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ challenger, AMR21, is to its floor design, in response to the new rules on downforce, alongside revisions to the rear brake duct winglets and diffuser fences. “The technical regulations changed and the downforce was reduced by changing the bodywork regulations,” says Technical Director Andrew Green. “The differences in the car from a visual perspective are going to be quite subtle, but they are there. There have been significant changes to the floor area that will be very visible.”

Presenting the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ challenger

The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ challenger has a revamped floor design in response to new rules on downforce. Car shown is the 2020 specification, not 2021.

The sport has also opened up the use of new “green” materials, giving teams greater freedom to develop new structures and substances.

With a carbon fibre composite monocoque at its core, the AMR21’s power comes from a Mercedes-AMG
F1 M12 E Performance, a 1.6-litre V6 turbo-hybrid power unit coupled to a Mercedes F1 GP 8-speed, semi-automatic transmission. Transferring that power to the track is a set of 13in BBS rims with in Pirelli P Zero tyres, which have Brembo brake callipers and Aston Martin’s brake-by-wire system with carbon fibre brake discs and pads.

With a new team entry and a new lease of life, Aston Martin’s challenger looks set for a mighty debut.

This story is an extract from an article featured in the AM47 issue of Aston Martin magazine, out now. If you're not already a subscriber, visit so that you can read the full story. 

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