The Aston Martin Victor is an 836bhp masterpiece with a manual transmission – TopGear magazine international

This one, we never expected. This is the Aston Martin Victor, a unique car designed by the manufacturer's Q division, dedicated to special orders. It's a compilation of the very best at Aston over the past decade: One-77, Vulcan and Valkyrie. Just that.

Let's start with what is least visible. This car is based on a One-77 monocoque chassis, accompanied by its central atmospheric 7.3 V12 front. At the time, the latter developed 750 hp. That's more than the biturbo 5.2 of the current DBS Superleggera, but that apparently wasn't enough …

It was therefore sent back to Cosworth, where it returned with 848 hp (and 820 Nm, compared to the original 750). Still without the shadow of a turbo on the horizon, otherwise it wouldn't be fun. 850 hp on an atmo V12: the soundtrack promises to be orgasmic.

The V12 in question powers the rear wheels only via a six-speed MANUAL gearbox – the One-77 used a robotic single-clutch gearbox – making it as one would have suspected the mechanical transmission Aston the most powerful in history.

To digest all this, the brand mentions a " custom racing clutch“, While the pushrod suspensions and adjustable shock absorbers are borrowed from the Vulcan pistarde, but with a configuration optimized for the road. The enormous center-nut rims house less enormous Brembo carbon-ceramic discs.

To dress it up, there's a carbon fiber bodywork inspired by the Aston Martin DBS, V8 and Vantage of the '70s and' 80s, including the impressive RHAM / 1 endurance prototype. Despite this clearly retro inspiration and the lack of a spoiler, replaced by a simple (but huge) ducktail spoiler, Aston Martin promises more downforce than on the current Vantage GT4, which will no doubt be welcome at the moment to tease such a monster on the track.

The taillights evoke those of the Valkyrie. On board, the racing steering wheel is that of the Vulcan, and the green upholstery, with touches of tobacco leather, echoes the dark livery of the body. Despite its massive appearance, the Victor weighs less than the One-77 (1,630 kg) from which it is derived.

And his name ? This is a tribute to Victor Gauntlett, owner of the brand from 1981 to 1991. Aviation enthusiasts may also have noticed that after the Vulcan, this Victor also shares its name with a British strategic bomber. Then the next one should be called Valiant, after the third V-Bomber. Which would always sound better than Lionel or Robert, if one day Aston Martin wanted to wink at its two founders.



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