Danish racing driver Allan Simonsen died earlier today after a crash at the 81st 24 Hours of Le Mans, shortly after his No. 95 Aston Martin spun off the track. He was 34 with this being his seventh time participating in the race. Aston Martin has blacked out their site with this statement:
Aston Martin has unveiled the V12 Vantage S, the successor to the outgoing V12. With 565 horsepower and top speed at 205 mph, this 6.0-liter V12 allows for the new V12 Vantage S to be the fastest road-friendly Aston Martin ever built (outside the One-77). The third-gen seven-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission by Graziano shaves off 55 pounds while allowing for quicker gear shifts, similar to a dual-clutch setup. For the first time ever, Aston Martin is offering the ability to choose from three adaptive suspension damping modes — normal, sport and track. Design-wise, there are slight enhancements from the previous model, with the most noticeable changes being seen on the front grille.
Pricing’s projected around the $200,000 USD mark with availability coming early 2014.
Introducing the new Aston Martin Rapide S, a welcomed upgrade to one of the finest four-door sports cars on the market. The Rapide S gets subtle enhancements in design as well as a range of performance upgrades starting with the introduction of the all-new Rapide Gen 4 AM11 engine, the most technologically advanced, most powerful Rapide engine the British coach maker has ever built. It’s all in the numbers — a sprint time of only 4.9 secs, 457 lb-ft of torque and potent power of 550 horses – an increase of more than 17% over our previous model. The Rapide S also accomplishes a near perfect 48:52 front / rear weight distribution without any compromise in design or features. The latest iteration of the Rapide features a new rear deck profile which enhances aerodynamics as well as a new full-face aluminium grille honed as a single piece by hand which creates a striking front profile.
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is set to hit showrooms this summer with a price set around the $200,000 mark.
From British coachmaker Aston Martin comes their latest creation — the V12 Vantage Roadster. It takes their widely popular coupe and rips the top while adding some fine touches along the way. The roadster will be powered by the same 6.0 liter V12 that’s in the coupe, delivering 510 horsepower and 470 lb./ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The roadster also gets a revised read decklid spoiler, a redesigned front air gurney and an enhanced suspension as well. Look for carbon fiber detailing on the outside alongside a few blacked-out elements and newly designed wheels. Reports say only 101 V12 Vantage Roadsters will be made.
WIRED has a great read on how Aston Martin builds their One-77 Supercar. The British coachmaker cherns out exceptional vehicles in their Gadyon headquarters with the help of a small army of workers. The process was shifted drastically when they set out to make the One-77, ditching the assembly line approach and instead constructing a small structure and setting up seven workstations within where craftsmen and parts revolve around each vehicle. More on this over on Wired.
For the first time, Aston Martin Works Service’s ‘Heritage Centre’ is attending the Goodwood Revival this weekend. For those not familiar, the Goodwood Revival is the premier UK classic car event and is world renowned, being ranked alongside events such as the Classic Lemans. The event is set in the grounds of Goodwood house and around the famous Goodwood motor racing circuit, a track which was home to many sports car races during the 1950s and 60s, a racing era Aston Martin heavily influenced, if not dominated, with cars such as the DB4 Zagato and drivers such as Stirling Moss.
Canadian-based designer Mobiado has released the first phone from their Aston Martin collection — The Grand 350. Made in collaboration with the luxury automaker, the Grand 350 Aston Martin’s body is made from CNC machined aluminum and with a frame that’s then inlayed with sapphire crystal. The buttons on the phone are a solid combination of sapphire crystal and stainless steel while the shell comes in black, black satin, and silver.
There have been some amazing unveilings this weekend at the Villa D’Este Concours, including the Aston Martin V12 Zagato. This celebrates the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato and resurrects collaborative efforts between Aston Martin and the Italian coach-maker. Aesthetically, the car’s stunning with its distinct tail and Zagato’s signature “double bubble” roof, LED lighting and a muscular flank.
Under the hood, Aston’s decided to go with a 6.0 liter V12 engine that delivers 510-hp and a maximum torque of 420 lb-ft. A six-speed automated manual gearbox with auto shift manual/select shift manual is fitted to take this beauty as well. No word on production yet but from the way this car’s been received thus far, we might be seeing this car on the roads sooner than later.
To bring their four-door sedan to a larger audience, Aston Martin has launched a new miniseries dubbed, “True Power Should Be Shared,” to shed light on the Rapide. “Shot in Lisbon, Portugal, the films follow a group of agents as they attempt to deliver a precious object, time, to a mystery figure,” Aston Martin said in a press release. “The ethos of the film is said to be based on one of life’s quandaries: the more success you had, the less time you had to share it with the people who mattered.”
This is just Part 1 of many to come and happens to be the luxury automaker’s first foray into the digital campaign medium. Swizz Beatz actually plays a role in the series so look for him. Check out Part 1 as well as a “Making of” video after the jump. (via egmCarTech)
Derived from the Toyota iQ, Aston Martin‘s Cygnet is the high-end microcar the world’s been awaiting. It’ll be available to current Aston Martin owners only and is the perfect move by Aston Martin to meet strict guidelines put in place by the EU for 2012. Estimated annual production will be roughly 4,000 units beginning next year, each priced at £30,000.