Aston Martin DBR22 Celebrates Q Division With Roofless Concept

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Aston Martin introduced the DBR22, an open-cockpit design concept that’ll be displayed at this year’s Monterey Car Week. The concept celebrates a decade of Q by Aston Martin, the automaker’s customer customization division. Q has built one-off commissions and low-volume special models over the years, and the new DBR22 concept previews what should be next.

The DBR22 is the brand’s latest two-seat open-cockpit model, with the car taking inspiration from the DBR1 and the DB3S. The new concept highlights Q’s design expertise and showcases Aston’s new 3D printing technique to produce the car’s rear subframe. The company 3D printed parts from aluminum that it bonded to form the subframe, saving a lot of weight without affecting its stiffness.

The car receives an entirely new body built with a minimal amount of body panels. At the front, the two-seater features a new grille with carbon fiber inserts, while a horseshoe vent helps feed power to the V12 engine under the hood. The rear sports a thin, full-width taillight lighting element that sits above a perforated rear fascia. Below all that is an integrated diffuser and a pair of large center-exit exhaust tips. It also has unique 21-inch 14-spoke alloy wheels with center-lock hubs. Inside, Q adds supple, aromatic leather and carbon-fiber performance seats.

Powering the concept is the twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine with a unique engine calibration. The engine, which pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, produces 705 horsepower (518 kilowatts) and 555 pound-feet (753 Newton-meters) of torque. Aston says the two-seater can hit 60 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.4 seconds. It’s capable of reaching 198 mph (319 kph).

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Monterey Car Week kicks off later this week, and it’s looking like it’ll be a doozy. Acura, Bentley, and others have big reveals planned, and those are the debuts we know about. Pebble Beach always delivers a few surprises, too, so keep an eye out. The Aston Martin DBR22 design concept will be displayed at the Concours d’Elegance from August 19 through August 21.

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David Coulthard Spotted Driving Aston Martin Valkyrie In Monaco

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One are two of the most exotic hypercars right now – not only because of their faint population but also because having the capability to buy one isn’t a guarantee that you’ll be allowed to do so. However, there’s one man who can buy both, and he has been spotted recently while behind the wheel of a Valkyrie.

We’re talking about David Coulthard, who confirmed in 2019 that he placed orders for both the Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz hypercars. The former F1 driver turned commentator and presenter was seen driving a Valkyrie, courtesy of ExoticCarspotters on YouTube.

The 13-time Grand Prix winner was accompanied by his son, Dayton Coulthard, while casually parading a Valkyrie on the streets of Monaco. It is believed that the Valkyrie – in Marina Blue exterior with light blue Alcantara cabin – is Coulthard’s own, with designated chassis number 86 out of 150.

For the uninitiated, the Valkyrie is an F1-inspired hypercar powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter Cosworth V12 engine that revs up to 11,000 rpm. It works in conjunction with a Rimac-developed hybrid system for a total output of 1,140 horsepower (838 kilowatts).

Aston Martin’s first true hypercar was designed by Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey. It was also developed at the team’s Milton Keynes base where Aston Martin has set up a design studio. Coulthard drove for Red Bull Racing during the final years of his F1 career.

As mentioned, only 150 units of the Valkyrie will ever be built, each valued at over $3 million. Deliveries of the Valkyrie started in November last year, so it isn’t a surprise that there has been a handful of sightings of customer-owned units in the wild.

Meanwhile, the production of the hand-assembled Mercedes-AMG One has recently started, with deliveries commencing this year. Maybe one day we’ll see Coulthard piloting his AMG One as well.

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See Life-Size Lego Aston Martin DB5 At Largest Lego Store In The World

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James Bond has a license to build at the newly upgraded Lego store in London’s Leicester Square. As part of the special exhibits decorating the shop, there’s a full-size Aston Martin DB5 using 347,954 of the plastic bricks. It even has a rotating license plate like the super spy’s gadget-laden car.

The video below offers a glimpse of the Lego DB5’s construction. It took 1,366 hours for the team to assemble, equivalent to nearly 57 days. There are neat features like functional headlights and instruments that illuminate inside the cabin. The steering wheel seems to be the only part that doesn’t use the blocks in its assembly.

 

The builders assemble it so that the passenger side door and roof are gone. This makes it look like Bond just launched a bad guy out of the ejector seat. Plus, visitors to the Lego store can get a better look inside the vehicle. A giant Lego Minifig that looks like Bond stands next to the vehicle.

The completed Lego Aston Martin weighs over 2,240 pounds (one imperial ton). For comparison, an authentic DB5 weighs 3,236 pounds, according to Aston Martin.

 

The revamp to the Leicester Square Lego store will make it the brand’s largest shop in the world. In addition to the life-sized Aston Martin, there will be a celebration of Harry Potter and a double-decker bus on display there. The largest exhibit in the store will be the so-called Tree of Discovery with over half a million pieces.

If you want your own Lego model of James Bond’s DB5, there’s good news and bad news. Unfortunately, the older, 1,295-piece kit is no longer in production. It had a retail price of $149.99 and measured 13 inches long when complete.

On the other hand, Lego is launching a smaller DB5 on August 18 as part of its Speed Champions line. The kit has 298 pieces and is 6.5 inches long when complete. While only about half the size of the other kit, this one has a retail price of $19.99.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie And Full Carbon McLaren Senna Make A Splash In London

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Who needs car shows when you can simply walk on the streets of London to check out high-end models? A year-round automotive festival, the United Kingdom’s capital typically hosts the most exotic vehicles in the world, and these days you might be lucky enough to stumble upon two local products. Believed to be the first delivered to a UK customer, this yellow Aston Martin Valkyrie with red accents is only one of the 150 road-going hypercars to be made.

As it stands, the Gaydon-based marque has allegedly delivered roughly 27 cars out of a total of 38 assembled, according to Autocar. Some of these early examples have been plagued with software issues, but Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll says customers are nevertheless enjoying their hypercars.

This video showing a Valkyrie arriving at Topaz Detailing gives us an idea of how brutal the V12 sounds even when the car is barely moving. The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter Cosworth engine revs to 11,000 rpm and works with a Rimac-developed hybrid system to provide a combined output of 1,140 horsepower. Featured here is the coupe, but AM is also making a Valkyrie Spider capped at 85 copies in both left- and right-hand-drive configurations.

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Although older, the McLaren Senna is also a sight to behold as we’re dealing with the rarer version featuring a full carbon fiber body. The peeps from Woking made 500 units, but this Senna is actually rarer than the Valkyrie. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) limited the bare carbon version to five cars, and as seen in the press images, the “naked” hypercar has striking yellow accents and green brake calipers.

The Senna by MSO has no fewer than 67 body parts made from carbon fiber that took nearly 1,000 hours to produce, plus another 250 hours for the Solar Yellow finish. See those center-lock wheels? Also developed by MSO, the set uses a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum to make it 10 percent lighter than the stock Senna wheels. Each weighs just 7.5 kilograms (16.5 pounds).

Of the countless (more or less) special McLarens we’ve seen in recent years, the Senna remains one of the most spectacular. Its styling is not for everyone, but the main goal during development was to maximize aerodynamic efficiency above anything else. The yellow and green details took inspiration from Ayrton Senna’s helmet livery for a car that had an original sticker price of £1,050,000 or a whopping £300,000 more than a standard Senna.

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Aston Martin DBX707 Drag Races Bentley Flying Spur In Very British Battle

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Here’s a battle of British luxury. CarWow challenges an Aston Martin DBX707 against a Bentley Flying Spur.

The DBX707 is the performance-focused version of Aston Martin’s crossover. It packs a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 697 horsepower (707 metric hp or 520 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. The power runs through a nine-speed wet-clutch automatic gearbox to both axles.

The Aston Martin is going up against the Flying Spur. According to the video, this is the most powerful Bentley available in Europe because the Bentayga Speed doesn’t meet emissions regulations. The sedan’s twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 makes 626 hp (467 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm). A dual-clutch, eight-speed automatic transmission routes the output to an all-wheel drive system.

The challenges kick off with a drag race. The Bentley gets a better start off the line but can’t hold the lead. The Aston Martin pulls ahead to take the victory.

They re-run the race. This time, the DBX707’s wheels spin a little at the start, which lets the Flying Spur take a big lead. The Aston Martin claws back and manages to take the win. The Bentley is hot on the SUV’s tail.

There’s one more drag race, and the DBX707 gets a great start. This time the Aston Martin cruises to victory.

Next, they run from a 50-mile-per-hour (80-kilometer-per-hour) roll with the vehicles in their comfort modes. For a big sedan, the Bentley shows quick acceleration and takes an easy win against the Aston Martin. 

They re-run the race, but this time the models are in sport mode and manual gearbox setting. This time, the DBX707 initially gets ahead, but the Flying Spur gets a surge of speed in the second half of the distance. The Bentley wins by a nose.

Finally, there’s a braking test from 100 mph (161 kph). For such a big sedan, the Bentley shows an impressive stopping ability by coming to a halt about half a car length shorter than the Aston Martin.

For a discussion about the DBX707, check out this episode of Rambling About Cars:

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Aston Martin Teases Two Models Debuting At Pebble Beach Concours

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Aston Martin will debut two new models at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Plus, there will be a demonstrator of the Valhalla’s F1-inspired cockpit and test drives of the DBX707.

The British brand is keeping the debuts a secret. The company describes one of them as a performance-focused vehicle that offers “high-octane emotion and intense driving pleasure.” We’ll see this model on August 19.

The other unveiling will be from the Q by Aston Martin personalization division. This vehicle pays tribute to the brand’s successes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Visitors to the Aston Martin Club 1913 VIP area at Pebble Beach will also be able to sit in a replica of the Valhalla supercar’s cabin. The vehicle has a racing-inspired seating position with single-piece chairs and an oval-shaped steering wheel.

Aston Martin plans to make just 999 examples of the Valhalla (gallery above). Deliveries are supposed to start in 2024. Power comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. There are also a pair of electric motors. The total output from this setup is 937 horsepower (699 kilowatts) and 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque. This allows for an estimated sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph (350 kph).

VIPs checking out the Aston Martin Club 1913 can reserve a test drive in the DBX707. It’s the hotter version of the brand’s crossover. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 makes 697 hp (707 metric hp or 520 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque.

The tweaks to the vehicle include different turbos than the standard model, revised engine calibration, and a new exhaust with four outlets coming out of the back. The chassis receives additional reinforcements. There are different dampers for the air suspension, and tweaks to the electronic steering system. Carbon-ceramic help with stopping.

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Watch Sebastian Vettel Drive 100-Year-Old Aston Martin Race Car

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Sebastian Vettel is German through and through, but by playing the motorsport game for decades, he fully understands and values the contribution British racing has had to Formula 1 and to racing in general. He had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the very first Aston Martin Grand Pix car, dubbed TT1, and drive it around the Paul Ricard track in the build-up to this weekend’s F1 French Grand Prix.

Although this was a publicity stunt to mark the race car’s 100th anniversary, the four-time F1 champion seemed to be genuinely enjoying the “hot lap” driving the “Green Pea.” The Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team driver got to experience the mighty 55 horsepower of the 1.5-liter engine in a voiturette-styled racer weighing just 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds). The TT1 is actually 45 kg (99 lbs) lighter than this season’s AMR22 F1 car.

 

Back in the early days of racing, these Grand Prix machines had two seats, one for the driver and the other for a mechanic. The latter’s job was to pressurize the fuel tank by using a hand pump and fix any problems that might’ve occurred during the race. While it may have been more practical than a current F1 car, let’s just say it was a wee bit slower since it topped out at only 85 mph (137 km/h).

The Aston Martin TT1 was originally supposed to race for the first time at the 1922 Isle of Man TT but its motorsport debut was pushed back until the French Grand Prix on July 15. Wealthy young motor racing driver and pioneer Count Louis Zborowski drove the Green Pea, after investing £10,000 in the development of a new 16-valve, twin-overhead cam four-cylinder engine.

It was the engine that forced Louis Zborowski to retire the car after 19 laps, with Felice Nazzaro driving the Fiat 804 taking the win. The 1922 French Grand Prix podium was completed by Pierre de Vizcaya in second place and Pierre Marco in third, with both driving the Bugatti T30. The other Aston Martin, the TT2 driven by Clive Gallop, also retired from the race because of an engine problem.

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Aston Martin Unveils New Brand Logo And Slogan

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Following a rather mysterious teaser from earlier this week, Aston Martin unveils a new brand logo. Coming just in time to celebrate the new massive investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which the company’s executive chairman Lawrence Stroll described as “a game-changing event” for the automaker, the new emblem is accompanied by a new slogan – Intensity. Driven.

The new logo marks only the eighth time in the manufacturer’s 109-year history that the visual expression of the brand has been adjusted. In physical form, the new design is hand-crafted by artisans in Birmingham’s jewelry quarter. Its first official application on an Aston Martin product will be seen on the next-generation sports cars from the brand, but there are no exact details surrounding that for now.

But even before a road-going Aston Martin gets the new logo, the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 team will feature the new wings design on its livery during the French Grand Prix this coming weekend. On the nose of the cars, however, Aston Martin’s original button logo will be featured, marking the 100th anniversary of the brand’s first Grand Prix entry. 

“Because we are designed to make people fall in love, to connect with the hearts and minds of our customers, every object we design at Aston Martin has deep meaning and intention and is created with honesty and emotion,” Marek Reichman, VP and CCO of Aston Martin, comments. “As we approach an exciting moment of product evolution, the design of the new wings was no different. Every millimeter of each line – of each shape within the new wings, is drawn forward from the depths of our 109-year Aston Martin creative wellspring.

In addition to the new logo, the British manufacturer also presents its new motto – Intensity. Driven. The slogan is brought to life through a short film (featured at the top of this article), which features all five of the company’s current sports cars. As part of a new marketing campaign, Aston Martin will also release a series of social, digital, and print assents. 

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New Aston Martin Teaser Video Asks You To Put Your Senses On Standby

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A short, four-second teaser video from Aston Martin has us scratching our heads. The clip reveals nothing about the company’s announcement, but the adjoined social media post suggests it’s possibly related to the race track.

The post reads, “Heartbeat, let’s race. A new definition of Aston Martin arrives soon.” The video features a green, pulsating mass thumping like a heartbeat behind the words “Senses: On Standby.” Both are vague and hint at a range of possibilities. Aston posted the clip to its Facebook and Twitter accounts and featured it on its consumer site’s homepage.

 

The clip has us thinking that Aston has a track-dedicated race car or a hard-core, track-focused road car in development. However, without something more specific from the automaker, we will just have to wait until Aston’s official announcement.

Aston’s current lineup includes the DB11, the DBS, the DBX, and the Vantage. Aston continues development on the Valhalla, with the production model scheduled to arrive in 2024. The car is far from a secret, so it’s doubtful Aston has anything substantial to share at the moment, but we’d like to be surprised. Aston also has plans to launch a new Vanquish in 2025.

Aston’s cryptic teaser arrives just days after the company’s executive chairman, Lawrence Stroll, secured new investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. Stroll called it “a game-changing event for Aston Martin.” The new money will help the automaker as it prepares to tackle electrification alongside the rest of the industry. The Valhalla will be part of that strategy, which will arrive as a plug-in hybrid. An EV will follow. 

We don’t know when Aston will show us the company’s “new definition,” but we’re excited to see what it entails. The company has faced financial hurdles over the last few years, but the new investment and a new CEO puts the company on firmer ground to face the uncertainties of the changing automotive landscape.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie Pro Hits Laguna Seca For Eargasmic Laps

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Almost a year ago, Aston Martin revealed the track-only version of the Valkyrie hypercar in production form – the Valkyrie Pro. The Pro does away with the electric motor of its road-going counterpart but still makes a healthy amount of power – along with an eargasmic exhaust note.

The Valkyrie Pro’s ear candy reputation was evident when it visited a track in Bahrain last March. And now, the British hypercar sets foot on American soil – specifically at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. YouTuber Speed Phenom gives us a preview of that track day, while AerialAutomotive had a chance to get aboard one for a ride-along.

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In both cases, the Valkyrie Pro sang its noteworthy exhaust note. Whether inside the hypercar or outside during flybys, the track-only hypercar sounded really good even on a recording – what more when it was in the metal.

The Valkyrie Pro’s power comes from a naturally aspirated Cosworth-built 6.5-liter V12. In the production version, the massive engine revs up to 11,000 rpm and churns out up to 1,000 horsepower. These massive numbers are paired to a lightweight body, thanks to the full carbon fiber body and carbon suspension wishbones. The Perspex windscreen and side windows also helped in the Valkyrie Pro’s diet regime.

Aston Martin also touts the amount of downforce of its track toy. In fact, it has twice the downforce of the road-going version when equipped with the extreme aero package, which enables lateral acceleration of more than 3G. As you can see in the ride-along video, it was a one-of-a-kind experience.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro’s attendance at Laguna Seca was thanks to the fourth annual Hypercar Invitational – a private event that benefits Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.

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