Aston Martin Sells Legendary Vantage Race Cars As 3-Car Package

Only six V8 Vantage GTEs were built, but it made a lasting impression, becoming the most successful car in the FIA World Endurance Championship with seven titles and two Le Mans class victories. Specifically, the GTE in the Vantage Legacy Collection is the seventh and final car to be made.”For a collector, this trio of Aston Martin Racing Vantages represents the ultimate tribute to a halcyon period for the brand in international sportscar racing,” said David King, President of Aston Martin Racing. “While Aston Martin has since gone on to record world championship titles with the current generation turbo-charged V8 Vantage, the foundations laid by the huge success of the original car won it admirers around the globe and led to it becoming a firm favorite with racing fans. The Legacy collection is a beautiful sign-off for this wonderful car.”Aston Martin hasn’t put a price on the Vantage Legacy Collection, but it’s safe to say it will cost considerably more than the standard road car, which starts at $152,995.

Bizzarrini races back in hands of ex-Aston Martin execs

LONDON — Italian sports car brand Bizzarrini, the 1960s brainchild of a former Ferrari engineer, is being resurrected by a group that includes Aston Martin’s former CEO and the British automaker’s onetime majority shareholder.
The new company will be chaired by Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s CEO from 2000 to 2013.
Rezam Alroumi, a Kuwaiti national who led Adeem Investments, which provided the bulk of financing for the buyout of Aston Martin from Ford Motor Co. in 2007, is providing major funding.
Former Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini built sports cars under his name from 1964 to 1969. The company is best known for the 5300 GT Strada coupe, based on an Iso Grifo A3C race car. Giotto Bizzarrini is still alive but is not connected to the revival.

The revived brand will create cars for collectors, said Janette Green, Aston Martin’s former communications boss and Bizzarrini’s chief marketing officer. She said the brand will focus on very low volumes and hinted at possible continuation models of the brand’s original cars.
“Whatever we do, we will do it properly and slowly and with full respect to the Bizzarrini heritage,” Green told Automotive News Europe, adding that the company will show a prototype of its first car next year.
The cars are likely to be powered by an internal combustion engine and cost more than £1 million ($1.33 million), Green said.
The brand will be part of Alroumi’s Pegasus Group, which owns luxury-vehicle dealerships in London, Geneva and the Middle East. The group also owns a 50 percent share in Aston Martin Works, which builds heritage models and continuation cars at Aston Martin’s former factory in central England.
Christopher Sheppard, Aston Martin Works board member and former CEO of Aston Martin Middle East and North Africa, was named CEO of Bizzarrini.

Source: autonewscom

F1: Aston Martin & Mercedes-AMG To Share Safety Car Duties For 2021

Since 2018, the Mercedes-AMG GT R has been the safety car for F1. It gets a 4-litre V8 twin-turbo engine that makes 585 bhp.

The AMG GT R was dressed in red for Ferrari's 1000th race at Mugello

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The AMG GT R was dressed in red for Ferrari’s 1000th race at Mugello

Aston Martin isn’t just returning to the F1 grid after a gap of more than 50 years, but it will also join Mercedes in supplying the safety cars for the 2021 season. Mercedes has exclusively supplied the F1 safety car since 1996 but according to a report by the new Concorde Agreement which comes into action on January 2021 as opened a window for Aston Martin to join Mercedes-AMG. As per the report, Mercedes is still going to play a big role. It will still supply the medical car and safety car for half of the races. Aston Martin will likely share the safety car duties with Mercedes. 


All the AMG GTR cars are in Red instead of Silver

This comes with the backdrop of the close collaboration between the two teams and the recent 20 per cent stake that Mercedes has bought in Aston Martin Lagonda. It also comes with the backdrop of COVID19 and a 23 race season in 2021 which is the highest number of races in a season of F1. Since 2018, the Mercedes Benz AMG GT R has been the safety car for F1. It has a 4-litre V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 585 bhp and has a top speed of 318 kmph. It has been driven by Bernd Maylander since 2000. 

Lawrence Stroll the executive chairman of Aston Martin earlier in the year took advantage of a failed IPO and led a consortium that gained control of the legendary automaker and ousted Andy Palmer as CEO. Stroll who had taken control of the flailing Force India team and converted it to Racing Point is now rebranding Racing Point as Aston Martin. 


Racing Point F1 Car Generic AFP
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With the reentry of the legendary carmaker, Stroll probably wants to leverage the marketability of an F1 safety car to propel the Aston Martin brand. Mercedes Benz perhaps reeling from COVID19 and the increase in the number of races is more than happy to share duties. It also helps that Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff is an investor in Aston Martin and is good friends with Lawrence Stroll. Aston Martin also gains the services of Sebastian Vettel in 2021 with the four-time world champion becoming the brand ambassador for the legendary carmaker.

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Aston Martin Americas head Laura Schwab steps down

Laura Schwab, president of Aston Martin the Americas, the British ultraluxury brand’s largest region by sales volume, is leaving the company.
Schwab, 47, had been in her post for a little over five years, having started in October 2015. She was the first woman to hold that title at Aston Martin.
Before Aston Martin, Schwab worked at Land Rover for 14 years.
“After five years with Aston Martin, Laura Schwab has elected to leave her post as regional president, Aston Martin the Americas in order to pursue other opportunities; effective Friday, November 13,” the company said in an emailed statement to Automotive News. “Aston Martin thanks her for her service and until a permanent successor is named, Ed Moran, head of sales for the Americas, will assume the role of interim president for the Americas, reporting to Jon Pollock, head of global sales, Aston Martin Lagonda.”
Schwab’s departure occurs in what has been a tumultuous year for the automaker, which has struggled financially since going public in 2018.
In May, Andy Palmer, the key executive behind the automaker’s Second Century business plan issued in 2015, stepped down as CEO. He was replaced by Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers, who took over Aug. 1.
In June, the automaker said it would cut up to 500 jobs, or about 20 percent of the company’s work force, as it grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The change in CEO followed the addition of a new executive chairman, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, in April. Stroll has been instrumental in resetting the company’s business plan after the consortium he controls invested $656 million in the automaker in February.
Last month, Mercedes-Benz said it would increase its stake in Aston Martin to up to 20 percent from 2.6 percent as part of an expanded technology partnership between the automakers.
Production of the DBX, Aston’s crucial entry into the competitive exotic and ultraluxury SUV segment, began this summer. Deliveries of the SUV have begun in some markets. U.S. deliveries will likely begin by the end of the month, a spokesman said.
Aston Martin has 44 dealerships in its Americas region, including 36 in the U.S. The region also covers Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
Schwab this week was recognized as one of the 2020 Automotive News 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.
Source: autonewscom

Ex-Aston Martin Execs Revive Obscure Italian Legend

This isn’t the first-ever attempt at bringing Bizzarrini back from the dead; earlier in the 2000s, the marque returned for a series of one-off and concept cars. But this time, Bizzarrini has the backing of luxury car dealer group Pegasus Brands, Autocar reports, and it will hit the ground running with a considerable footprint, comprising bases in London, Geneva, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.Arguably the most notable former Aston Martin exec to sign on with Bizzarrini is Dr. Ulrich Bez, who served as Aston’s CEO from 2000-2013. Apart from being at the helm while the lauded Aston Martin DB9 was introduced, Dr. Bez also worked with Porsche in the years prior, his greatest hits list also including directing the design and development of the Porsche 968, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7, and the Type-993 Porsche 911 model family.

Election Day suspense, Audi E-Tron GT details, EV plans for Ford, Mitsubishi, Aston Martin: The Week in Reverse

How much does the cheapest U.S.-market electric car cost?

Which automaker announced it will be designing its own electric motors?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending November 7, 2020.

After U.S. votes have been cast but the vote count dragged on, at least one CEO spoke up about how having Joe Biden as the next President will be a positive for electric vehicles.

Election Day brought the passage of an expanded “right to repair” measure that could put EV makers—and probably any vehicle with over-the-air updates—on notice, with requirements to disclose to owners what’s being transmitted. 

2022 Audi E-Tron GT prototype

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT is arriving next year, and the brand revealed some new details about this performance flagship, related to the Porsche Taycan. 

Although the past week has been short on product announcements, multiple automakers announced significant plans for electrifying their vehicle lineups. 

Aston Martin announced that, with a deal made with Mercedes-Benz the previous week, it will be able to electrify 20% of its fleet by 2024. Bentley announced a long-awaited cohesive plan for electrifying the brand, with all of its models by 2030 going all-electric. And Mitsubishi said that it’s planning to ramp up its range of plug-in hybrid offerings over the next decade—such that PHEVs, hybrids, and electric cars combined will make up 50% of its global sales. 

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Mitsubishi also became an investor in WiTricity, one of the leading companies developing wireless EV charging technology, and plans to enable it in future urban mobility projects and infrastructure services. 

Volvo announced a new lab that will help it develop its own motors for electric vehicles, along with all the other propulsion pieces, so as to help boost efficiency. 

Ford is taking a completely different approach than other automakers in its transition to electric vehicles, betting on commercial vehicles and all-electric versions of icons like the Mustang, Transit, and F-150. It’s also changing to a “digital kind of service model” for the whole EV ecosystem.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition

In the meantime, Ford has some hurdles. Issues with plug-in hybrid batteries have prompted the company to seek a deal in Europe to pool CO2 credits with Volvo.

The U.S. importer of Kandi electric cars from China—yes, that’s the brand that dispensed its car-sharing vehicles in its home market from vending machines—announced that one of its vehicles, the K27, has been cleared for U.S. road use and costs just $7,999 in California if buyers can claim the EV tax credit.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya electric crossover won’t arrive in Europe until later this year, but the carmaker already started teasing its arrival there this past week. 

Also in Europe, new registrations of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs combined have passed diesels for the first time. In a place where diesel used to be king, that’s a symbol of the sea change sweeping the Continent. 

Volkswagen demonstration project on Greek island of Astypalea

Volkswagen demonstration project on Greek island of Astypalea

Volkswagen is turning a Greek island into a model of sustainability mobility, with renewable energy and a suite of electric vehicles. 

Britain’s Swindon Powertrain has released a piecemeal kit for turning a classic Mini into an EV. And last weekend, we showcased the all-electric version of the classic Chevy Blazer SUV that GM used to tease the potential of its upcoming eCrate package. 


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Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato Might Not Be So Limited After All

It’s always a treat to see the DBS GT Zagato on the track, but what does this second Nurburgring spotting tell us about the ultra-rare coupe? Well, it could be indicative that Aston Martin plans to expand production, untying its 19-unit limit from the DB4 GT Zagato continuation car and selling it outside of the highly collectible two-car package. It would make sense, and the ongoing Nordschleife testing could point to some mechanical changes underneath the bodywork.A couple of other things to note: the DBS GT Zagato seen here wears a couple of sensors on the outside for collecting data, and the front and rear wheels are mismatched. Both of these things point to ongoing development testing, more than a year after the car’s official unveiling.

Ford EV strategy, Aston Martin hybrids, Volvo motors: Today’s Car News

Ford is betting on commercial vehicles, affordability, and supporting a new business model as it goes electric. Aston Martin plans to electrify up to 20% of its lineup in the next few years. And Volvo is keeping motor development in-house. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. 

Volvo is planning to develop its own motors for electric vehicles—along with all the other propulsion pieces—in Sweden and in China, so that it might keep boosting efficiency. 

Ford is betting on commercial electric vehicles and the affordability side of EVs. Although it might not be as glamorous as a $100k+ exclusive electric off-roader, Ford plans to take its iconic models electric—starting with the Mustang Mach-E, then the F-150 pickup and Transit vans—and make a “digital kind of service model” for the whole EV ecosystem.

Through a deal made last week, Aston Martin will be able to access Mercedes-Benz tech to electrify 20% of its fleet by 2024. Although most of those will be some form of hybrid, the company could have an all-electric model built on Mercedes’ premium electric platform by the middle of the decade. 

And over at Motor Authority: There’s still a battery-electric version of the BMW 3-Series sport sedan under development, and there are some photos of it testing—and it could use the i3 badge. 


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With Mercedes tech, Aston Martin plans to electrify 20% of its fleet by 2024

Aston Martin will use Mercedes-Benz powertrain tech as part of an expanded agreement between the two automakers announced last week.

In an interview with Automotive News published Sunday, Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers explained what this means on the product level: that it will allow the automaker to electrify 20% of its fleet by 2024.

Aston doesn’t currently sell any electrified cars, but Moers said it will add plug-in hybrid and battery-electric models with help from Mercedes. These will include a plug-in hybrid version of the DBX SUV for 2023, and an all-electric model for 2025 or 2026, Moers told Automotive News.

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 007 Edition

Under the new agreement, Mercedes will increase its stake in Aston from 2.6% to 20%. In exchange, Aston will get access to a greater array of Mercedes components, including internal-combustion, hybrid, and all-electric powertrains, as well as electrical architectures, to be used in all product launches to 2027, Aston said in a press release.

This expands on a previous agreement from 2013, which saw Mercedes supply AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engines and electrical-architecture components to Aston.

The new agreement could help Mercedes-Benz bankroll development for other performance vehicles built on the company’s premium platform for electric vehicles.

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Aston Martin DBX

At the same time, Aston will get much-needed resources to develop electrified powertrains, which will likely be needed to meet stricter emissions standards in Europe and China. Aston is a small, independent automaker, which puts it in a challenging position for development.

Under previous CEO Andy Palmer, who brought significant EV experience from Nissan, Aston attempted to launch an all-electric version of its Rapide sedan.

Dubbed Rapide E, it was a track-focused model due from the brand last year, but it was canceled just months short of deliveries.

2020 Aston Martin Rapide E

2020 Aston Martin Rapide E

That model had been developed with the help of Williams Advanced Engineering, which works with McLaren Applied Technologies and Atieva (now Lucid) to provide batteries for Formula E racing.

That was after Aston pulled the plug on its original development partner for the model—Le Eco, a Chinese tech company with ties to Faraday Future.

If it hadn’t been cancelled, the Rapide E might have beaten the Taycan to market and been the first model with 800-volt charging.


Aston Martin DB5 Replica Costs More Than A New Vantage

There’s a 110-volt power cord in place of the engine because something has to provide juice to its many gadgets. These are all inspired by what was seen on the movie car, such as a rotating license plate, smoke machine, rear bullet shield, rear axle tire shredders, taillight-mounted oil sprayer, and machine guns (fake ones, of course).Other cool 007-inspired toys include a center console with functional controls and an illuminated radar map with a flashing tracker light and motorized door. There’s even an “eject” button at the top of the gear shift knob, though neither the front nor passenger is actually ejected from the car; a thumping motion under the passenger seat happens instead. The removable roof panel has a monochrome British flag painted inside.