Aston Martin discloses further details about its forthcoming V12 Speedster – the open cockpit celebration of the British luxury sports car brand’s past and future. Just 88 examples of the sports car are available to buyers worldwide and Aston Martin revealed historic DBR1 optional specification for it.
The DBR1 is the most successful racing machine constructed by Aston Martin, having triumphed in the 1959 staging of both the 24 hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 km of Nürburgring, also winning the latter in 1957 and 1958. It was styled in-house by Frank Feeley, and, working alongside Chief Racing Designer Ted Cutting, represents his ‘finest hour’ as the shape of the DBR1 remains one of the most beautiful and graceful of all time.
With such a rich and important history it doesn’t come as a surprise that the brand has chosen to create a dedicated optional DBR1 specification for its new V12 Speedster. Featuring cleverly integrated custom elements reminiscent of the Le Mans-winning race car, the new specification offers the iconic Aston Martin Racing Green paint finish, Clubsport White pinstripe and roundels, a Satin Silver anodised grille with Clubsport lipstick graphic, Conker saddle leather and Viridian Green technical textile/Caithness leather.
Unique Aston Martin Racing Green driver and passenger helmets are placed under transparent ‘windows’, while solid silver ‘wings’ badges glint beneath transparent enamel. The car features gloss carbon fibre, Caithness Green leather and satin silver brushed aluminium switchgear in the open cabin.
Satin black diamond turned 21-inch centre lock wheels are a feature of this specialist specification, which each Aston Martin V12 Speedster spending more than 50 hours in the painting process alone at the brand’s advanced paint facility.
The car is powered by a high-performance variant of Aston Martin’s now iconic, 5.2-litre V12 Twin-Turbo engine, capable of producing an output of around 700 PS and 753 Nm. The engine is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission mounted towards the rear of the car. This translates into a 0-62 mph time in the order of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.
Each DBR1 custom V12 Speedsters will be hand-built at the company’s Gaydon headquarters, with deliveries expected to begin in mid-2021.