Is this the James Bond effect? Aston Martin’s Q personalization service has (again) broken down. As part of the Concours d'Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, the British firm has unveiled a special piece!
V for Véloce
Victor? Behind this name, which perpetuates the tradition of “V” surnames at Gaydon, hides a tribute to Victor Gauntlett, an entrepreneur who founded the independent oil company Pace (sponsor of Nigel Mansell in his early days) and then became a shareholder in 'Aston Martin in the early 1980s, helping to revive a then beleaguered brand.
This unique hypercar draws on the organ banks of its sisters. The Victor takes the famous Cosworth 7.3-liter V12 from the One-77 produced between 2009 and 2012, but the British engine manufacturer leaned on it to get more power out of it. The result is there, going from 750 to 836 horsepower and from 760 to 821 Nm of torque.. Just that ! A new power record for Aston, excluding Valkyrie, all transmitted to the rear wheels via a good 6-speed manual gearbox. This is not for the jokes, while waiting to know the performance measures.
But it's the design that strikes the most. Like the Vulcan track supercar, the Victor is muscular, with a domed hood and widened fenders that give it a “Pony Car” feel far removed from the brand's usual fluid lines. The Victor actually winks at the RHAM / 1 from the 70s, which was a largely modified version of the DBS V8 entered in the GTP category and intended to compete in the 24 hours of Le Mans. This tribute is evident in the front end, which is characterized by the two menacing round optics and the enormous "pie server" front bumper typical of GTP / Group 5 prototypes of the 70s and 80s.
The nod continues with the oversized side skirts and the vertical air intake upstream of the rear wheel arch. The rear features a fastback cutaway stern with an integrated body spoiler, prominent rear diffuser and optics borrowed from the Valkyrie hypercar. The design therefore combines vintage references and modern borrowings, as in the passenger compartment where we can see an F1-type steering wheel, leather, solid walnut, anodized aluminum, machined and polished titanium and carbon fiber. carbon. A carbon fiber that also makes up the entire body. Failing, perhaps to please, the overall look is quite impressive, the Victor would not have stolen its place in a Mad Max. The whole is presented in a painting in "Pentland Green", again a historical painting from the 1970s taken from the archives by Q.
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