At some point, our threshold for seeing exotic car crashes is going to be snapped. But until that time, we just have to stomach them and move on. The latest victim of the lethal mix of bad driving and bad weather is an Aston Martin DB9. In this video shot in Warsaw, Poland, the DB9 was speeding along a wet road when it loses control before slamming into a tree, breaking it in half in the process.
The DB9 then spins a couple of times before resting to a stop with the fallen tree just a few feet away from the car. Imagine what would have happened if the impact of the crash forced the DB9 to stop and the tree falling on top of it. Despite the damage done to his ride, the driver was enormously lucky not to have been crushed under a tree trunk.
Even if the Aston Martin DB9 is a car that needs no improvements, the German tuner Wheelsandmore revealed a new tuning package for the sporty convertible. Their kit makes modifications to both the exterior and engine performance.
The exterior package includes: side skirts, front and rear aprons, a rear lid spoiler 9.0×20" Kahn RS-V wheels for the front and 11.0×20" Kahn RS-V wheels for the rear. Also the ride has been lowered by 25mm thanks to a H&R springset.
Thanks to a "small" ECU upgrade and the installation of a 200 cells sportcatalysts and a valve controlled, but also a new stainless steel exhaust system the engine’s output has been increased by 60hp and 50lb-ft of torque. The stock was 476hp.
The tuning firm Mansory have just realeased a new creation based on the Aston Martin DB9, when the all new carbon fiber clad Mansory Cyrus made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The modified Aston Martin os the perfect solution for the sports car shopper who got in line a little too late to reserve a limited edition One-77 super car. For an additional $560,000 to spend in order to transform your $200,000 DB9 into a $1.4 Million dollar look alike, despite the rediculousness of spending almost three times as much money modifying a car as you do purchasing it the math does work out, that even leaves some money left over to pick up a Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Mansory has upgraded the DB9’s suspension with a set of adjustable coil overs and a rather large set of rims to house wider rubber. The exterior of the Mansory Cyrus is both powerful and aerodynamic incorporating flared fenders, side skirts as well as a lightweight hood with larger vents and a One-77 inspired front bumper while the rear skirt is upgraded with an integrated diffuser and four stainless steel tail pipes.
The exhaust system amongst a few other tricks has raised the DB9’s output by 28 HP, bringing it up to almost 500 while the interior gets extra helping of racy lightweight materials like aluminum and carbon fiber.
The Gumball 3000 is a modern day version of the classic Cannonball cross country race that not only takes place here in the U.S. but also in countries around the world. The members of the more money than brains club start off in Los Angeles and then make their way through sin city and across the midwest before coming to an end at the tip of the Florida peninsula in Miami. At least that was the plan, unfortunately for this Aston Martin DB9 owner, the last leg of the trip included a stop at the freshly repaved Palm Beach International Raceway.
The DB9 driver’s fun at the track was short lived, after going into a turn a little too hot, James Bond’s ride of choice ended up in the tire wall doing a number on the front end and completely taking out the left front corner of the car. Despite the damage the wall of rubber did its job and the Aston’s driver was able to walk away unscathed.
However according to our friends at Wrecked Exotics the rumor is that the Aston Martin DB9 wasn’t really the driver’s at all, some have said that it was a rental. We just hope he took out the $5 insurance.
This is why Aston Martin offers driver training. In the hands of someone who doesn’t know any better (in this case thieves/joyriders), a 2005 Aston Martin DB9 can instantly be turned into a leather-bound paperweight. The incident is from England, but it isn’t know if the hooligans were caught and sent to the Tower of London.
Stopping distance it is very important, but that you knew already. A few feet can be the difference between life or death to you and those around you. That’s why Aston Martin is giving the DB9 technology developed for the Caparo T1 hypercar. The braking system from the Caparo will cut the DB9’s stopping distance by 24%, reduce fade under regular heavy braking and increase feel and consistency.
The DB9’s original 330mm rear discs remain the same with the 355mm front disc replaced by 378mm discs, made from specially selected high-performance materials. Calipers are extremely rigid opposed piston four pots at the front and four pots at the rear, each machined from a single casting of aluminum to provide exceptional stability and performance.
The thermal capacity of the new discs has been improved, with an 18% reduction in peak temperature during a fade test, meaning that the new brakes can be applied for longer before any brake fade occurs.
Aston Martin unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show an revised version of the DB9, both Coupe and Volante versions. Deliveries of the updated DB9 begin during quarter two 2008, with prices from £113,950 for the DB9 Coupe and £122,950 for the DB9 Volante.
The new DB9 is powered by a revised version of Aston Martin’s 6.0 litre V12 engine to deliver improved power and torque. Peak power of 470bhp (350kW) – increased by 20bhp (30Nm) - is now reached at 6,000rpm, resulting in a power to weight ratio of 267bhp per tonne (199kW/tonne) – an increase of 11bhp per tonne over the existing DB9.
Peak torque of 600Nm is delivered at 5,000rpm, providing even more accessible power for the driver, as well a greater performance feel overall. Accordingly, top speed is now 190mph (306km/h) and the benchmark 0-60mph time improves by 0.3 seconds for the Touchtronic transmission – which benefits from a new valve box and integrated transmission controls to achieve quicker gear shifts – to 4.6 seconds and by 0.1 seconds to 4.6 seconds for the manual gearbox.
Press release after the jump.
The Aston Martin DB 9 series is one of the fascinatiest and prettiest sportcar in time, but MANSORY is sure there is a more sportier and stable style to do. The MANSORY front spoiler displace the series front totally and will give the car a striking snappy optical characteristic. An elegant design symbiosis from an integrated daytime running light, also available as fog lights, with below air intakes so on the adaptive 5-line grille element, similar to the new 6-line lightweight main radiator grille, afford by the way a better air supply for the engine and so on for the new brake system made by BREMBO.
Gigawave MotorSport will be flying the flag for Britain in this season’s FIA GT Championship, as the only UK-based team in the GT1 class. Led by Team Manager Steve Hagger, Gigawave MotorSport will prepare and race an Aston Martin DBR9 from its headquarters in Essex, entering the full 10-race international Championship, which starts at Silverstone on 20th April.
Aston Martin is not only showing the DBS for the first time in Europe at the Frankfurt motor show next week but will also showcase two new special editions - the Aston Martin DB9 LM® and the V8 Vantage N400. Both special editions draw inspiration from the company’s recent achievements at Le Mans and the Nϋrburgring 24-hour races.