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JCB buries fan-chosen time capsule beneath new Aston Martin F1 factory

As the build of the new Aston Martin F1 factory continues apace, our fans joined us and our partner JCB at the ceremonial burial of a specially designed, fan-chosen capsule deep beneath the foundations of our Silverstone home.

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At Aston Martin F1, we stand on the shoulders of our amazing fans.

After a massive fan vote to choose the design, JCB manufactured a unique time capsule at its Staffordshire headquarters, and the capsule has been buried beneath the foundations of our all-new Formula One factory and campus, comprising the team's headquarters, engineering and manufacturing resource and wind tunnel.

Set to be uncovered in 50 years, the design of the capsule was entrusted to JCB graduates and apprentices who created two potential designs.

Each was distinctive in its own way and reflective of the Aston Martin brand and its racing heritage: a vee-angle racing engine and a Formula One chassis.

After 33,206 votes via the official AMF1 Instagram account, the latter came out on top.

AMF1 x JCB time capsule

Last week, we buried a beautiful time capsule, designed by JCB and chosen by our fans, at the site of our new factory in Silverstone. Click to watch the full video.

AMF1 x JCB
AMF1 x JCB

Buried within the capsule is a collection of artwork created by fans from around the world, a team polo shirt signed by the entire race team, a copy of the 2022 Formula One regulations, a piece of the AMR22, JCB memorabilia and more.

AMF1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll also submitted something, with Seb signing a pair of underwear to be buried and Lance signing a miniature replica of his racing helmet.

Ida from Sweden was one of the artists picked to feature in the capsule, and said, "I think in 50 years when it's all dug up again, myself and other fans, old and new, as well as the team, will find joy in looking back at the memories and artwork put down."

Fellow artist Emily from Kansas, USA, said she wanted to create her artwork of Sebastian as he "shows his love for the world and hopes for the future through his activism."

The remaining artists, Myri from Germany, Melina from Greece, Cia from Indonesia and Grace from the UK, all shared their love for the AMF1 team, and said they were proud to feature as part of the project for future F1 fans to come.

Along with AMF1 CEO Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal Mike Krack and colleagues from JCB, the artists and a number of local fans attended the burial ceremony as part of our ongoing commitment to put you, our fans, at the heart of everything we do.

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