Aston Martin has introduced a new optional package for the V12 Speedster based on the iconic DBR1 from the 50s

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Aston Martin has come up with a DBR1-spec V12 Speedster which pays homage to the namesake 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours winner. This will be an optional package that brings about aesthetic changes to the exterior and the interior. There are no changes made to the powertrain specs. Aston Martin hasn’t even mentioned the price of this package, but expect the final cost of the V12 Speedster DBR1 to cross $1 million. That’s a lot of money.

Not The First DBR1 Edition On A Modern Car

2022 Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 Exterior
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The DBR1 is one of the most significant products in the automaker’s history. It established Aston Martin as a competitor that can’t be taken lightly in global motorsports.

The car won the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours race and the Nurburgring 24, amongst a string of other victories.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the automaker is paying homage to the DBR1. Aston Martin had rolled out ’59’ editions of the DBS Superleggera and the Vantage AMR sometime last year.

What’s So Special About The DBR1 V12 Speedster?

2022 Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 Exterior
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This optional package brings in a plethora of goodies to distinguish it from the standard V12 Speedster. For starters, the car will be painted in the iconic Aston Martin Racing Green paint shade with Clubsport White pinstripe and roundels. A Satin Silver anodized grille will grace the face along with Clubsport lipstick graphics. It will ride on 21-inch, machine-finished, Satin Black center-lock wheels.

On the inside, the DBR1 V12 Speedster will come with multiple materials. Conker saddle leather, Viridian Green technical textile, and Caithness leather are some of the stuff used here. It will come with generous use of gloss carbon fiber here, too. Aluminum switchgear is the other element that gives an ode to the DBR1’s rich heritage. Apart from this, the Speedster V12 DBR1 will also come with helmets for the driver and passenger finished in the matching Aston Martin Racing Green shade.

2022 Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 Exterior
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There are no changes made to the powertrain. This DBR1-spec V12 Speedster will be powered by the same V-12 engine as the standard car.It displaces at 5.2 liters and makes 690 ponies and 555 pound-feet of twist. It is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power is routed to the ground via the rear wheels exclusively. As for the performance specs, it takes 3.4 seconds to sprint to 62 mph from rest and has a top speed of 198 mph. This is very impressive for an open-top car.

2021 Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 specifications
Engine 5.2-liter V-12
Power 690 HP
Torque 555 LB-FT
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic
0 to 62 mph 3.4 seconds
Top Speed 198 mph

This Is Why The Original Aston Martin DBR1 Is A Legend

1956 - 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The car first came out in 1956 and lasted till 1959. It was initially powered by a 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine, but the next year, it came with a slightly bigger 3.0-liter engine. The engine made 254 horses, but the car had a power-to-weight ratio of 317 horsepower per tonne. Power was sent to the wheels via a David Brown five-speed manual gearbox.

The DBR1 took approximately six seconds to hit the 60 mph mark from a standstill and went all the way up to 150 mph before losing breath. One of the biggest reasons the car remains in the limelight is because it was driven by none other than Carroll Shelby at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Aston Martin DBR1 specifications
Configuration Straight 6
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction alloy block and head
Displacement 2,992 cc / 182.6 cu in
Bore / Stroke 84.0 mm (3.3 in) / 90.0 mm (3.5 in)
Compression 9.3:1
Power 254 HP @ 6,250 RPM
0 to 60 mph 6 seconds
Top Speed 150 mph
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For the curious folks, here’s a little history lesson. The DBR1 went on to win multiple races, which include:

  • Spa Sportscar Race in 1957, driven by Tony Brooks);
  • The Goodwood Tourist Trophy in 1958, driven by Sir Stirling Moss and Tony Brookes
  • The Goodwood Tourist Trophy in 1959, driven by Sir Stirling Moss, Carrol Shelby, and Jack Fairman
  • 1000 Km at the Nurburgring in 1959, driven by Sir Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman
  • And of course, the Le Mans triumph in 1959

The DBR1 also holds another distinct record. Aston Martin built only five examples of the DBR1. You’d expect such a piece of history to sell for an insane amount now, but did you know it is the most expensive British automobile ever sold at an auction? In 2017, a DBR1 came up at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale and was sold for $22.6 million!

Final Thoughts

2022 Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 Exterior
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Aston Martin will be producing 88 examples of the V12 Speedster in total. The supercar is priced at $950,000 in the standard form. There’s no word on how much this package will cost, but as mentioned earlier, it will breach the $1 million mark. The automaker is now accepting orders for the DBR1 custom V12 Speedsters. Each one will be built at the company’s Gaydon headquarters, with deliveries expected to begin in mid-2021.

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THRILLING NEW OPTIONAL BESPOKE SPECIFICATION REVEALED FOR LIMITED EDITION ASTON MARTIN V12 SPEEDSTER
Historic DBR1 optional specification offered for visceral open cockpit sports car
Meticulously crafted details pay homage to 1959 Le Mans winning original
88 examples of the Aston Martin V12 Speedster to be built

28 April 2021, Gaydon, UK: Aston Martin is revealing today more details of its forthcoming V12 Speedster – the open cockpit celebration of the British luxury sports car brand’s proud past and exciting future.

Just 88 examples of the Aston Martin V12 Speedster are available to buyers worldwide and today the brand is unveiling details of a custom specification that is certain to underscore the cars’ instant collector’s item status.

The new car aligns gracefully with a heritage that features not only the exceptional DBR1, but also the breathtaking CC100 which was unveiled in 2013 as a stunning celebration of Aston Martin’s century of sports car excellence – reflecting the sporting heritage and exceptional design capability woven throughout well over 100 years of Aston Martin history.

The DBR1 is, to date, 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.

After its debut in 1956 the DBR1 recorded a string of famous victories, including at the Spa Sportscar Race (1957, Tony Brooks); the Goodwood Tourist Trophy (1958, Sir Stirling Moss, Tony Brookes; 1959, Sir Stirling Moss, Carrol Shelby, Jack Fairman); and the 1000 Km at the Nurburgring (1959, Sir Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman) in the same year as that famous Le Mans triumph which culminated in Aston Martin taking the World Sportscar Championship.

Although a car made for competitive racing, the DBR1 was also a precursor for some of the marque’s most well-known heritage ‘DB’ road cars. It was styled in-house by a highly talented designer, Frank Feeley, and, working alongside Chief Racing Designer Ted Cutting, represents what is unquestionably his ‘finest hour’ – indeed the shape of the DBR1 remains one of the most beautiful and graceful of all time.

At the car’s heart from 1958 onwards lay a 2,992 cc straight six engine mated to a David Brown five-speed gearbox. It was capable of powering this c. 800 kg sports car to an estimated top speed in excess of 150 mph.

Produced as a pure racing model – not directly derived from a road car – just five examples of DBR1 were built: four used to such commanding effect by the Aston Martin Works’ team, and a single car for private use.

With such a rich and important history it’s no surprise, then, that the brand should choose to create a dedicated optional DBR1 specification for it’s new V12 Speedster.

Featuring cleverly integrated custom elements reminiscent of the Le Mans winning race car, the Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 specification offers highlights such as 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. All these features hint at the period attributes that made DBR1 the undisputed icon it remains today.

Unique Aston Martin Racing Green driver and passenger helmets sit under transparent ‘windows’, while solid silver ‘wings’ badges glint beneath transparent enamel. The finely judged application of gloss carbon fibre, Caithness Green leather and satin silver brushed aluminium switchgear in the V12 Speedster’s open cabin underline the tasteful homage to a true motoring great.

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.

Outlining the rationale behind this V12 Speedster tribute specification, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said: “Emotion and exclusivity are at the heart of this car. A rare and exceptional Aston Martin, It has been engineered to offer a visceral driving experience that belies its elegant, artistic shape.

“Creating a bespoke specification that nods to the glory of the DBR1 has been a huge privilege for my team and I, and I very much look forward to seeing these cars being driven with the same enthusiasm that we have applied to their design.”

At the new car’s heart lies a high-performance variant of Aston Martin’s now iconic, 5.2-litre V12 Twin-Turbo engine, capable of generating an output of around 700 PS and 753 Nm. Offering a compelling breadth of performance, superb response and thrilling V12 soundtrack, 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 – no mean feat in a car devoid of roof or windscreen.

Orders are now being taken for the DBR1 custom V12 Speedsters, each being hand built at the company’s Gaydon headquarters, with deliveries expected to begin in mid 2021.

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