Aston Martin Victor Revealed As Custom One-77 With 836 Horsepower

BRUTISH. BOLD. UNIQUE. Q BY ASTON MARTIN CREATES THE VICTOR

04 September 2020, Gaydon: Aston Martin has unveiled its wildest Q by Aston Martin – Commission project to date in the form of the Aston Martin Victor. A bruising full carbon-fibre creation, the one-off model is powered by a 7.3-litre V12 engine producing 836bhp, making this the most powerful road-going naturally aspirated product ever and the highest performing manual powertrain in the marque’s history.

Unveiled to the backdrop of the 70th anniversary of the Vantage nameplate, this road legal creation has been fittingly inspired by the iconic Aston Martin V8 Vantage of the 1970s and 80s and the 70’s DBS V8 that was developed to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the RHAM/1. The V8 Vantage embodies the period of Aston Martin stewardship by Executive Chairman Victor Gauntlett, today’s commission also takes inspiration from this key figure from the marque’s colourful history in its nomenclature.

Re-born colour schemes reminiscent of the V8 Vantage road car adorn the Victor, with an industry-leading paint finish of ‘Pentland Green’ and satin carbon fibre complementing the car’s dramatic exterior form. Along the side, the car features acontinuous hard line, providing a powerful square like shoulder which follows towardsthe car’s extreme rear boat tail. This theatrical element – derived directly from the RHAM/1 racer – continues to deliver on an impression of overt performance and aerodynamic capability. Aston Martin Valkyrie derived technology provides a pure and simple lighting solution at the rear, while – at the face – the iconic grille and unique headlamps honour the Victor’s true origins.

Inside, the cabin is cloaked in high-grade Forest Green and Conker Bridge of Weirleathers, while the finest tailor’s Cashmere is used for the car’s upper environment. These luxurious materials juxtapose the highly technical carbon fibre chassis, which remains largely exposed throughout the interior. Anodised aluminium and machined and polished titanium hardware add to the high-grade finish inside, while Crown cut solid walnut features across the car’s dashboard and, perhaps most importantly, as a single machined piece to adorn the car’s manual gear knob. A familiar feature toAston Martin aficionados is the Aston Martin Vulcan motorsport-derived steering wheel, which has been utilised in Victor too.

Combining elements of One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan under the body, Victor is a melting pot of technical highlights from each of these highly limited iconic models, allowing the car to match the inferred performance in its design. In addition, the car benefits from the technical expertise of the same engineers and technicians who have been heavily engaged in the ongoing Aston Martin Valkyrie programme.

Built from an original fully refurbished One-77 carbon fibre monocoque and rear housing, the entire chassis and bodywork weighs in less than an original One-77. Delivered through computer fluid dynamic (CFD) testing, focused on delivering GT4 levels of downforce while providing the necessary cooling requirements of this testosterone fueled brute. Despite its muscle car styling, Aston Martin Victor can achieve 842Nm of downforce at 100mph, compared to 525Nm from the race-prepared Vantage GT4.

Under the heavily sculpted and vented bonnet sits an original One-77 naturally-aspirated 7.3-litre V12, which has been rebuilt and retuned to a new and unique specification by world-renowned engine builder – and original One-77 and now Aston Martin Valkyrie project partner – Cosworth. The engine delivers exceptional performance figures for a naturally aspirated road-going machine, producing 836bhpof power and 821Nm of torque, uprated from One-77’s previous 750bhp and 750Nm.

Driving all that power to the rear wheels is a six-speed manual transmission, supplied by Graziano, making Victor the most powerful manual sportscar to wear the iconic Aston Martin wings. To ensure both the usability and continued performance of the car’s powertrain given the exceptionally high levels of torque on offer, Aston Martin Victor is to be equipped with twin coolers and a bespoke motorsport clutch that delivers a performance focused and unique driving experience.

Perhaps in contrast to the muscle car machines of the 70s and 80s, the Aston Martin Victor has been engineered to deliver exceptionally focused dynamics, the car has been equipped with the same inboard springs and dampers as the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. Available with six-stage settings, the setup has been honed to meet the demands of imperfect road driving conditions. Fitted with centre-lock wheels, the car’s 380mm front and 360mm rear Brembo CMM-R Carbon Ceramic brakes are set to deliver up GT3 race car levels of braking capability as each caliper’s six pistons engage.

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Aston Martin GT12 Faces Vanquish Volante In NA V12 Drag Race Duel

Let’s say, for the purpose of this story, we’re shopping for an Aston Martin. Nowadays, if you want a naturally-aspirated Aston Martin, you only have one option – the Rapide AMR that’s powered by a 6.0-liter V12 mill. It isn’t really a bad choice, but it has four doors so you might cross it off your list if you’re shopping for a two-door sports car.

However, rewind the time to around two or three years back, there are other two NA Aston Martins available – the Vanquish and the uber-rare Vantage GT12.

In fact, these two V12-powered British machines are almost on the same ground in terms of power output. But which one would win in a drag race? Lovecars on YouTube pits the two in a straight-line race to settle the discussion, but let’s compare these two cars first on paper.

The Vanquish here isn’t the standard coupe but the convertible version called Vanquish Volante. It’s equipped with a 5.9-liter AM29 V12 that produces 568 horsepower (424 kilowatts) and 465 pound-feet (630 Newton-meters) of pull. By the way, a special version of the Vanquish Volante was driven by James Bond.

Limited only to 100 units, the Vantage GT12’s advantage isn’t limited to its rarity. With a similar 5.9-liter AM28 V12 engine in its hood, the GT12 makes up to 592 hp (441 kW) and 461 lb-ft (625 Nm) of torque. Its main draw, however, is its curb weight, rated at 3,450 pounds (1,565 kilograms), which is significantly less than the convertible’s 3,834 lbs (1,739 kg).

With these numbers laid out, the limited-run GT12 is clearly at an advantage, but by how much? Watch the video on top of this page to find out.

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Aston Martin DB5 Junior Is A Vintage-Styled EV For Kids

It’s a good time to be a kid these days. You have literally a countless number of choices for entertainment and there always seems to be a healthy dose of car fun involved. The best part? Even automakers are getting involved in the party.

Following the reborn Bugatti Baby from last month, Aston Martin is now introducing a similar project. It’s based on the DB5 and wears the DB5 Junior moniker. Developed in cooperation with The Little Car Company, it’s essentially an electric-powered two-thirds scale replica of the original DB5.

But it’s not only for children. With a length of approximately 3 meters, it can easily accommodate an adult and a child side by side sitting in separate bucket seats. Power comes from a single electric motor delivering 6.7 horsepower (5 kilowatts), enough to propel the 595-pound (270-kilogram) car to a top speed of 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour). 

The electric power rotates the rear 10-inch wire wheels while stopping power is provided by four disc brakes. The battery package is stored under the hood and provides about 10 to 20 miles (16 to 32 kilometers) of range at a single charge. The pack is easily removable and the batteries can be swapped in a matter of seconds.

As a modern-day EV, the DB Junior comes with three driving modes – Novice, Expert, and Race. Each mode provides a different amount of power with the entry-level one featuring a remote kill switch allowing the car to be remotely disabled at up to 30 meters.

Customers can also buy an upgraded DB5 Junior with an extra driving mode, which doubles the power output to 13.4 hp (10 kW) and “increases the top speed to a still unconfirmed level.” The more expensive version also comes with a carbon-fiber body, a limited-slip differential, and a second battery pack.

Speaking of pricing, the DB5 Junior starts at £35,000 (about $46,205 at the current exchange rates), while the more powerful DB5 Vantage Junior kicks off at £45,000 ($59,407). Production will take place in the UK and will begin next year with the first deliveries planned for later in 2021.

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Here’s How The Aston Martin Vantage Is Made

The Aston Martin Vantage is the entry-level sportscars to the legendary Aston Martin range and a proper luxury car. In today’s digital world, the Aston Martin Vantage stands out thanks to an endlessly customizable build sheet of tactile luxury options few competitors can match. This expressive coupe stands out from the crowd as passengers enjoy a serene cabin draped in any color leather they so choose from Aston’s endless swatches. What does it take to build one of the most desirable sports cars on the planet? To find out, Welt Documentaries takes you on a deep dive showing you every step required to build an Aston Martin Vantage.
 
The Aston Martin Vantage is the volume-selling sportscar for this historic brand and keeps the dream of owning a luxury performance coupe alive. With bedroom poster looks and a powertrain developed by the best engineers at Mercedes-AMG, the Vantage ticks all of the right boxes. Aston’s partnership with Mercedes-AMG means the Vantage benefits from Mercedes tech and drivetrains that are difficult to develop for a smaller company like Aston Martin. Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine good for 503 (375kW) horsepower and 505 lb-ft (677nm) of torque. Power is routed to a ZF 8-speed automatic transaxle to put down the power and distribute the weight more efficiently. 

Outside of the impressive tech, the Aston Martin Vantage allows customers to interface with true craftspeople who help create a bespoke offering. With an endless options list, it’s possible to spec out a one of a kind vehicle. For owners looking for even more exclusivity, Aston Martin also offers the AMR program that builds highly customized examples.

The Aston Martin Vantage is the perfect blend of the latest tech and classic British Luxury. With impressive performance matched only by the shocking level of luxury, the Vantage is one of the most desirable luxury coupes ever built.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie Problems Uncovered During Development

At first glance, the Aston Martin Valkyrie looked destined to be an automotive grand slam. In 2016 the British automaker signed an engineering alliance with Mercedes-Benz and both the DB11 and new Vantage were released. But after the resurgence in 2016, the company took a dive in recent years, losing an estimated $95 million in just the first half of 2019. 

So where did it all go wrong, and will the Valkyrie still become a reality? Sure, the project kept going and we have a working engineering sample, but what happens now that 2020 is nearly over? Even Aston Martin hasn’t an idea, but things aren’t looking great for what started out as the brand’s springboard back into motorsports.

Reports suggest that not only does the vehicle have reliability issues, but it also appears to be very difficult to drive. With the initial hype behind the car, this surely comes as a kick in the stomach to Aston.

It’s a head-scratcher for the British automaker as the Valkyrie seems to have all the ingredients to be fast around any circuit in the world. It boasts a Cosworth-built 6.5-liter V12 with assistance from a Rimac KERS hybrid system which together can produce 1,176 horsepower (876 kilowatts). Aside from the powerplant, the entire aerodynamics package is the brain-child of Adrian Newey, one of the best aerodynamicists in F1 history.

Things are looking bleak at the moment for the Aston Martin project, but the end of the road isn’t as near as it may seem. In the 1970s, Porsche essentially gambled the entire company to achieve its LeMans fame with the 917, but it didn’t happen overnight. The first iteration of the race car was so difficult to control that Dicky Atwood, one of the drivers, was happy when it broke down towards the end of the German automaker’s first attempt at the 24-hour race. But they didn’t give up; they persevered and are now the most successful manufacturer in history at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

So let’s see what Aston can come up with, we don’t doubt they have the engineering prowess to combat the issues they face.

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Black Bowmore DB5 1964 Whisky Will Cost You $65,000 Per Bottle

6 August 2020, Islay, UK –  Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin have unveiled their first collaborative creation; Black Bowmore DB5 1964.  A striking concept which brings together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, featuring exceptional single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston.

With only 25 bottles for sale, this exceptionally rare Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is a celebration of time; a definitive moment in history for both Bowmore and Aston Martin. It is also a celebration of shared values and passions; showcasing great innovation and invention. 

A beautifully inspiring masterpiece; this unique, handcrafted vessel houses an equally exceptional single malt, Black Bowmore. Inspired by the past, but truly breath-taking in today’s world.  The significance of 1964 is paramount.  This represents a truly defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin. 

           

For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.

First distilled on 5 November 1964, over the years Black Bowmore has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This latest release represents only the sixth bottling of this exquisite single malt. Since 1993, only around six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore have been made available, thus adding to the desirability of this iconic whisky.

David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore commented “1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.”

For Aston Martin, this was the era of their most iconic car. Launched in 1963 to considerable acclaim, the Aston Martin DB5 is now widely regarded as ‘the most famous car in the world’, not least by virtue of its links to the world’s most celebrated secret agent in 1964.

On its debut the DB5 represented a subtle but important evolution over its immediate predecessor, the DB4 Series 5, not least by virtue of an increase in engine capacity to 4.0-litres. This of course made the DB5 that much more of a sporting saloon which, combined with its exceptional styling, helped it to become one of the most desirable and admired sports cars of its generation. Sir David Brown, the then owner of Aston Martin Lagonda and the man who gave his initials to the ‘DB’ lineage, said of the car: “I believe it is the essential character of the DB5, and its ability to perform perfectly in all conditions, that makes this car so intensely satisfying to own.” It is this relentless pursuit of power with purpose that still helps to define the appeal of Aston Martin today.

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “This exciting new association with Bowmore gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate a vital part of our star-studded history by combining the unrivalled appeal of the iconic DB5 with the cultured flavours of this world-renowned single malt.”

In keeping with a commitment to true craftsmanship, the Black Bowmore DB5 bottle itself is handcrafted by Glasstorm, a bespoke contemporary glass studio, based in North East Scotland. With over 50 years of glass design, sculpting and creative expertise, each bottle took up to one week to be complete, reflecting the continued thread of attention to detail and skill which defines this collaboration.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is presented in a handmade presentation box; itself a work of art.  Inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, the deep blue colour and wave embossing evoke a true sense of place. Created from the finest string-grain calfskin, featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges, plated with nickel, reflective of the DB5. 

The partners are set to unveil a series of collaborative projects and products over the coming months and years, ranging from exceptional experiences to design-led product initiatives with the goal of offering fans of the brands, across a broad spectrum, the opportunities to connect with the partnership.

As world class luxury brands Bowmore and Aston Martin urge consumers never to drink and drive. Drink Smart® messaging will be integrated into all brand activations around the partnership; while the dedicated Drink Smart® platform ensures communication with legal-purchase age adults about making informed, responsible choices.

https://www.drinksmart.com/reducing-drunk-driving-or-drink-driving

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with an RSP of GBP£50,000.

Black Bowmore 1964 tasting notes

On the eye:

Deep obsidian black

Breathe in:

Layers of ripe exotic fruits and creme caramel. As time moves on soft tobacco smoke,

aromatic orange peel and rich black cherry come to the fore. 

Taste: 

Intense flavours of mango, passion fruit and acacia honey interwoven with a powerful combination of coffee and tobacco smoke

Savour:

A wonderfully long and decadent finish with tropical fruits and spice, defining over 240 years of craftsmanship 

Cask type: Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry Butt

Age: 31-years-old

Vintage: 1964

ABV: 49.6%

Edition: 27 bottles (25 for sale, 2 for archive)

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Gorgeous Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato Spied Beautifying The Nurburgring

Aside from its Bond fame, Aston Martin has a reputation for producing some very special vehicles. The long partnership that the company has enjoyed with Zagato is no exception. Recent spy shots showcase the latest special DBS GT hurtling around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. 

To offer some perspective, Zagato is a coachbuilding company based in Milan, Italy. Both Aston Martin and the Italian coachbuilder have teamed up to make some very special vehicles, with production numbers that tend to run quite low. The British Italian partnership runs back more than half a century and shows no signs of stopping. Some of their greatest hits include the DB4 Zagato, and shooting brake variations on the Virage and Vanquish.

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After a quick peek at footage of the newest DBS GT Zagato, it looks and sounds promising around the Green Hell. We’re not aware of how hard the driver was pushing, but the vehicle looked relatively in control, all evidence that the Zagato is built on some solid bones. The only slight issues appeared in Schwalbenschwanz corner, where the car sounded like it bottomed out quite harshly through the bumps. 

Under the hood lies a 5.2-liter V12 engine producing 760 horsepower (567 kilowatts). Numbers aside, the engine has the sound to back up its grunt. As is the case with these motors, the exhaust note presents a refined rage. We have our fingers crossed that this won’t be the swan song of the V12 powerplant. 

While the Zagato DBS GT does share a fair number of design cues with the car on which it’s based, the coachbuilder still worked its magic. One characteristic of the road-legal DBS Zagato that stuck out to us was the apparent lack of a rear window. We know manufacturers often have confidence in the speed of their vehicles, but this is up there. 

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Aston Martin Posts First Half Loss But DBX Deliveries Could Be Positive

At long last deliveries of Aston Martin’s first SUV, the DBX, have begun, but all is not well for Aston Martin.

The British manufacturer has reported a bigger first-half loss, with the situation not helped by the coronavirus pandemic which forced the company to stop production, and reduce stockpiles. Losses were reported to be $208.45 million and has a negative free cash flow of $485 million. Meanwhile, cash balance was $469 million June, while there was $562 million of liquidity available.

While it’s too early to determine whether Aston Martin is recovering from the pandemic downturn, having the DBX out there at last should help cashflow and in China, the company is starting to show signs of recovery. China of course being one of the key markets for the company and in particular, the DBX.

In terms of reducing stockpiles at its dealerships, the move was done to maintain exclusivity of the brand, but the process was complicated by the virus.

“We are restoring exclusivity to our sports cars,” chairman Lawrence Stroll said in a video posted by Aston martin. “Rebalancing supply to demand, which in the short term means lower wholesale volumes but necessary for future success.”

In the latest change at Aston Martin, former Mercedes-AMG head Tobias Moers will take over from Andy Palmer as CEO at the end of this week.

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Aston Martin DB11 With A Fiat Facelift Looks Surprisingly Good

There’s much to love about the Fiat 124 Spider. That’s because there’s much to love about the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and as we all know, the Fiat is clone-close to the Mazda in pretty much every way. It’s a tossable two-seat roadster and a delightful sports car, but with a maximum output of 164 horsepower (122 kilowatts) from its turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, a supercar it isn’t.

This rendering seeks to change that. It comes from tuningcar_ps on Instagram, and if it looks rather familiar overall, it should. What you actually see here is an Aston Martin DB11 wearing the 124’s face. It’s really as simple as that, as the Instagram account emphasizes that this is done without Photoshop trickery, on a phone with some photo editing capability. As such, it’s not the most comprehensive or detailed depiction we’ve seen, but honestly, it’s pretty good.

 

We mean that both in terms of the photo as well as the mash-up. In essence, we have an Aston Martin that’s not nearly as angry as it usually is. It’s a good look for the car, and we’ll even take it a step further by suggesting a very simple addition. Drop a couple round driving lamps into the Fiat’s grille, and suddenly you have a very convincing homage to the classic late-1970s V8 Vantage. It’s a car we’d happily drive every single day, and it would have a bit more power than the 124 as well. In base form, the DB11 packs a 4.0 twin-turbocharged V8 making no less than 503 hp (375 kW), identical to the V8 you’ll find in the current-generation Vantage.

Such a design would truly stand out from the rest of Aston Martin’s lineup, and it would inject all kinds of performance into Fiat’s world. Perhaps an Aston Martin / Fiat partnership is in store to make this vision a reality.  

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Production-Ready Callum Vanquish Revealed

The production version of the Aston Martin Callum Vanquish 25 has been revealed, showing an evolved version of the revisited concept first shown nine months ago. Based on the iconic first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish originally designed by Ian Callum, the Vanquish 25 features a revised interior, more trim options and definitive chassis and powertrain set up.

All-in-all, there are over 350 design, engineering, and material changes to the car, implemented after 20,000 miles of vigorous testing on UK roads and Michelin’s Ladoux proving ground.

Under the skin new Bilstein dampers, stiffer anti-roll bars, a 10mm lowered ride height, and specific Michelin Pilot Sport tires provide improved agility and control. As well as the suspension enhancements, the steering feel is improved by a more slender wheel rim and a lower seating position.

When it comes to the car’s howling, 580 hp V12, the engine bay has been detailed with carbon and leather dressing, with a new bespoke carbon intake system also being fitted with tuned equal length stainless steel primary collectors.

The cars are being produced by R-Reforged, part of the AF Racing Group’s R-Universe group of brands that also includes the R-Motorsport racing team that runs Aston Martins in international competition.

“After a year of piling on the miles in our development prototype, I’m confident we’ve hit the targets we set ourselves of a very responsive but supple car,” said R-Reforged’s head of engineering, Adam Donfrancesco.

“There was a perception that much of what we planned was aesthetic but the way the car drives, feels, goes, stops and sounds is actually where a lot of our efforts have been focused.

“We’ve defined a set up that finesses the composed, big Aston Martin GT feel but sharpens and hones it in line the progress that new tyres, suspension and knowledge brings.

Production-spec Aston Martin Callum Vanquish 25

Customers will have the opportunity to spec the car in sessions with Ian Callum himself, either remotely or at the Warwick facility where the car is assembled. There are literally limitless exterior color options, plus a choice of eight interior trims – with leather trim provided by Bridge of Weir Leather Company. In what is an industry first, the car also comes with a removable pocket watch from Bremont and a bespoke luggage set from Mulberry.

Further enhancing the car’s customizable nature, there are three transmission options (manual, automatic, and semi-automatic), and three bespoke 20-inch wheel choices.

The first batch of Aston Martin Callum Vanquish 25s are expected to be built in September with initial deliveries set for Europe and Latin America

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