The services provided by Q by Aston Martin represent the epitome of the brand’s skills in design, customisation and bespoke elements. From unique individual touches through to to complex, highly personalised cars, the Q by Aston Martin team can cater for every request. This summer, Aston Martin has turned to Q to celebrate its racing heritage. The new Heritage Racing Editions enhance the dynamic lines of the Aston Martin Vantage, creating a series of six bespoke liveries inspired by racing cars from the company’s long history on the track.
Of course, Aston Martin owes its origins to motorsport. Over its history, the marque has competed on the global stage at many levels. It continues to be at the forefront of racing thanks to the current Formula 1 and WEC campaigns, and Aston Martin’s road-going production cars still share vital DNA with their racing counterparts.
The Heritage Racing Editions draw inspiration from 100 years of Aston Martin’s involvement with motorsport. The six new liveries made their official debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, covering key elements of Aston Martin’s racing career to date, from record-breaking cars to endurance racers. Just 60 examples of these limited liveries are being made available around the world, each with the option of a special carbon fibre aero kit.
Each of the six liveries emphasises the Vantage’s innate racing spirit, as well as a demonstration of Q by Aston Martin’s skill with personalisation and innovative material finishes. The six cars each provided a palette, with accent colours highlighting the dynamic qualities of the Vantage’s taut, muscular bodywork.
The inspiration behind the Heritage Racing Editions starts with Razor Blade, a precise and minimal record-challenging car built in 1923, with unpainted aluminium bodywork created by aircraft manufacturers de Havilland. This was contrasted with a bright green chassis. The Razor Blade had a 1.5 litre Grand Prix engine and set two class records at the legendary Brooklands circuit in Surrey.
The Aston Martin Ulster was the racing derivative of the road cars built under the management of Augustus Cesare Bertelli in the late 1920s and 30s. It was the end of an era — these were the last cars to run a 1.5 litre engine — but also a high point for race engineering. Bertelli believed they were his best cars and their red livery paid homage to his Italian roots. One of the Ulster team cars, chassis number LM20, finished third at Le Mans in 1935.
Racing continued to be a central spoke of Aston Martin’s activity after the war. At the start of the David Brown era, the DB3S was a legend on the track. Originally Brown’s personal car, DB3S/5 was commandeered by the works racing team, eventually going on to be driven by Stirling Moss, Ray Salvadori and Reg Parnell, as well as having a minor cinematic career. With its distinctive, elegant green bodywork and yellow details, the DB3S/5 is one of the most visually iconic of all post-war Aston Martins.
By the late 1980s, the character and calibre of the racing world had changed. Endurance racing was both a sport and a science — to be competitive required engineering ability at the very highest level. In 1987, Aston Martin teamed up with the Ecurie Ecosse team to develop the AMR1, a mid-engined Group C racing car built around a carbon-fibre and Kevlar monocoque chassis. Its striking white, blue and red livery matched the colours of fuel company Mobil, the team’s primary sponsor, giving this low, minimal car a very clean-cut appearance.
The Heritage Racing Editions enhance the dynamic lines of the Aston Martin Vantage
After 15 years away from the track, Aston Martin returned to racing with the DBR9 in 2005, closely related to the new DB9 road car. From the outset, DBR9 was a strong contender, taking a win on its first outing at the Sebring 12hrs and ultimately going on to win the 2007 Le Mans GT1 class. From 2008, the car bore the iconic Gulf Racing colours, one of motorsports most recognisable liveries, with contrasting blue and orange elements.
The new Aston Martin Vantage GTE represents the company’s next generation of racing machines. GTE bears Aston Martin’s unmissable Lime Essence and Stirling Green livery, which is juxtaposed with orange highlights. Building on the success of the previous generation Vantage racing car, today’s GTE took just four races to score its first GTE Pro win in Shanghai last year.
Together, these six racing cars represent some of Aston Martin’s finest achievements, with famous liveries that emphasised design and engineering honed for the track. There is also an inherent beauty in this sporting functionalism and the Vantage Heritage Racing Editions evoke these strong characters. Starting with the inherent dynamic brilliance, raw aggression and sporting prowess of Aston Martin’s most focused sporting model, Q by Aston Martin adds an invigorating layer of history, heritage and design.