For Formula 1 fans who dream dreams of Aston Martins, but aren’t likely to shop for one, there’s a new opportunity to build one in a virtual environment that’s more than appropriate: on the track.
On the eve of the second Grand Prix of the season in Saudi Arabia, the British luxury car maker has unveiled a digital online configurator that places a custom-built Aston of one’s choice inside the racing team’s pit garage, where it is showcased alongside the AMR23 F1 car.
Apparently the company is hoping the brand can capitalize with a publicity boost thanks to driver Fernando Alonso’s podium finish at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this month.
Since “almost 90% of our customers are passionate about Formula 1,” Aston’s marketing chief Renato Bisignani said that the garage setting–no signs of grease or dirt anywhere–works as “a key ingredient to our award-winning configurators success.” He said that more than half of Aston’s buyers look in on the configurator “during their purchase journeys.”
The Aston Martin configurator can be found at configurator.astonmartin.com.