We’d Love to Play Forza Horizon In The Aston Martin AMR-C01 Racing Simulator
Aston Martin has launched its latest special edition model. Only 150 units are going to be made of this beauty, and each one costs around $74,000, or roughly the price of a base Porsche 718 Boxster S. There is, however, a catch to this special edition model. It doesn’t have any wheels, and it doesn’t actually move. No, it’s not a new Aston performance car; it’s Aston Martin’s ridiculously awesome racing simulator. It’s called the AMR-C01, and it’s described as the “ultimate luxury home simulator,” complete with a full carbon fiber monocoque, among other insane details and features. Best be quick if you want to score a piece of the AMR-C01 simulator. Aston Martin is already taking orders, and seeing as most of us we’ll probably still be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, there’s no better way to satisfy our urge for racing than to get wild and crazy in the AMR-C01 simulator.
The Story Of ’The Muncher’, Aston Martin Victor’s Grandad
The Porsche 935 is the poster child of the late ’70s and early ’80s in GT racing. Developed by Stuttgart’s wizards and then modified by countless others the world over, Porsche’s Group 5 weapon crushed its opposition with such force that you needed one if you wanted to win on either side of the Atlantic. Robin Hamilton tried to buck the trend by bringing to the table a car of his own from the brand he grew to love, Aston Martin.
Named ’The Muncher’, this 1970 DBS V8 became a twin-turbocharged pseudo-grand-tourer able to go almost 200 mph down Mulsanne and battle prototypes along the way. A success story? Maybe not in the broader sense but it was the foundation stone to Aston Martin’s much-awaited return to sports car endurance racing.
The Time Aston Martin Threw A Tracksuit On The DB9
While on the list of Aston Martins eternally forsaken by Britain’s best-loved and most famous spy, Agent 007, the DB9 marked the company’s proper entry in the new millennium with a V-12-engined grand tourer boasting a more resonant public appeal. Three short years after the car’s formal introduction to the world, Aston Martin’s newly-formed racing department was already churning out not one but two racing versions of the DB9 and the DBRS9 was the more popular of the lot.
With a front-mounted, naturally aspirated, 12-cylinder engine, the DB9 is the modern interpretation of an all-British GT car: elegant, fast, comfortable, and luxurious. In production for a staggering 12 years, the car made a lasting impression on the automotive world as the epitome of four-wheeled cool and, apparently, over 16,000 people agreed with that view since they went in and bought a DB9 during its production cycle that ended in 2016 when the DB11 was introduced. By comparison, the race-going DBRS9 was made in under 30 copies including the development prototypes.
Aston Martin is Planning a Valkyrie Invasion on the Nurburgring
Aston Martin has never held the production car lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. That’s an important distinction to remember because that could change soon when the British automaker brings the Valkyrie hypercar to the famous race track. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Aston Martin appears to be set on making an attempt at the ‘Ring’s production car lap record for “international marketing” purposes, as explained by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer in a conversation with Motoring. Now, talking a big game about setting the production car lap record at the Nurburgring and actually doing it are two very different things. But if there’s a car out there that’s well-equipped to unseat the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (the current record holder) it’s the 1,160-horsepower British hypercar. Only time will tell if Aston Martin goes through with it, but, at this point, it’s probably safe to start taking bets now. Any takers?
2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3
The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage was introduced in 2018 as the company’s latest entry-level model. It replaced the Vantage model that the British firm offered from 2005 through 2017. With a brand-new model on public roads, Aston Martin is now also offering a couple of race-spec versions, one of which is the Vantage GT3.
Developed to replace the Vantage V12 GT3 that Aston Martin has been racing since 2012, the new Vantage GT3 is closely related to its GTE-spec sibling. The British company will use it as a factory race car, but it will also offer it as a customer racer for GT3-spec series around the world, including the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup.
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Max Verstappen Road Trips His F1 Ride from the Rockies to Miami: Video
No matter which flavor of automotive awesomeness you prefer, you absolutely must do a cross-country road trip at least once in your life. Seeing this great country unfold around the double-yellow line is an unforgettable experience, pretty much guaranteeing you’ll find some adventure along the way. Unsurprisingly, adventure is exactly what Max Verstappen finds in this five-minute video chronicling his trip from the Rocky Mountains to Miami.
The video begins on the winding switchbacks of the West, with the Torro Rosso slithering its way through paved (and unpaved) two-lanes as he heads East.
Up next, Verstappen shreds some sand on the beaches of Miami before heading down Ocean Drive for a little peacocking. Then it’s to the docks, where the F1 machine gets into a little race with a speedboat.
So yeah, the video can be a little cheesy at times, but seeing this finely tuned F1 car completely out of its element is reason enough to press play.
2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight. The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times.
That’s a mighty impressive boast, especially for a platform that traces its roots to something you can drive on the road. Indeed, this is Aston’s idea of “ultimate,” the top of the mountain in the land of fast. This is what you get when you give Aston Martin and Red Bull an extreme performance car plus a blank check for track use. We know you wanna know more about it, so read on for the details.
Updated 03/14/2018: We updated our review with the official details and images released at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
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2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE
After no fewer than 12 years on the market, the first-generation Vantage was finally replaced by a brand-new car. Revealed in November 2017, the second-gen Vantage joins the DB11 in Aston Martin’s new lineup of cars that use completely new underpinnings and a fresh design language. Alongside the road-going coupe, Aston Martin also unveiled the Vantage GTE race car, which will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Built by the same team that developed the outgoing V8 Vantage GTE, the new race car replaces the company’s most successful competition car of all-time, credited with 37 of the team’s 51 international race victories, including two Le Mans 24 Hour class wins. With extensive optimization of the powertrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, Aston Martin hopes that the new Vantage GTE will be at least as successful as its predecessor.
Although it was just revealed, the race car is under development for many months and has already completed more than 8,000 miles of testing, a 30-hour run at the Navarra track in Spain, as well as a rigorous durability program at Sebring in Florida. Aston Martin says it will keep most of the 2017 driver lineup for the new Vantage GTE. This includes Le Mans GTE Pro class winners Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, as well as the Danish duo and 2016 FIA WEC GTE Pro world champions, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. In addition, AMR has recruited ex-GP2 race winner and now Formula E racer Alex Lynn.
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Aston Martin’s Gravity-Powered Vantage GTE Soapbox Is A Winner In Our Books
The Aston Martin Vantage GTE made a spectacular showing at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its LMGTE Pro class on its way to finishing 17th overall. The success has spurred Aston Martin Racing and the Vantage GTE to even greater heights as it once again took to the grid to compete in yet another racing competition. This time though, the scene of the Vantage GTE’s latest motor racing triumph isn’t Le Mans. It’s not even Bathurst or the Nürburgring. It’s Alexandra Palace in London, England, the site of Red Bull’s Soapbox Race where the Vantage GTE Soapbox finished second in the “24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally.”
Snicker all you want, but you can’t deny that the miniaturized, gravity-powered Vantage GTE looks just as awesome as its life-sized counterpart. It is a lot smaller than the actual Vantage GTE and it doesn’t have the car’s powerful V-8 engine, but where it lacks in producing an actual soundtrack, the soapbox Vantage GTE more than makes up for it in having a presence about itself. Even better, it actually had a successful go at the 24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally, finishing second overall, behind only the Brooklands Special team. That kind of success is what Aston Martin was going for when it decided to enter the soapbox in the fun-filled race, and you can be sure that the motorsports division of Aston Martin will try to build on this year’s impressive result and turn it into a better showing next year. Who knows, next year’s entry might even be the Valkyrie hypercar, or at least a soapbox version of it.
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Seeing Seven Aston Martin Vulcans All Together Is Too Much For Our Sensibilities: Video
There are only 24 Aston Martin Vulcans in existence, so the thought of seeing a group of them all together is as improbable as seeing a unicorn galloping in the sky. Well, shake off that pixie dust because the improbable just happened at the Circuit of the Americas. The Aston Martin Vulcan was in attendance at the race track recently and there wasn’t just one Vulcan there. There weren’t even two or three. There were seven of them, each dressed in different colors and looking the part of a bonafide $2 million supercar.
The carbon fiber-bodied track machine made the trip to Austin, Texas to participate in an event put together by Aston Martin. The specifics of the event is unclear, but the presence of these seven Vulcan track cars made all of it irrelevant. These cars are what the people at the Circuit of the Americas came to see and by the looks of it, nobody came home disappointed. It’s not often that an 820-horsepower supercar carrying a naturally aspirated V-12 engine is seen in the flesh and in its natural track habitat, dressed to impress and roaring like the beat that it is. But to see seven of them together showcasing their capabilities for people to go crazy over? That doesn’t happen very often, if ever. Aston Martin made it happen though, and we all win because of it.
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2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE
In what seems like a repeat of history, Aston Martin Racing has announced a new Aston Martin GTE race car, as well as its intentions to win this year’s World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year, AMR is going for two GTE Pro entries and one GTE Am entry. The announcement of the new GTE race car also comes with news of a partnership with TOTAL and Dunlop, the latter of which will provide Sport Maxx GT racing tires for all GTE cars throughout the WEC.
This year, the #95 GTE race car will be driven by Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and Darren Turner. The other Pro entry – the #97 GTE race car – will be driven by Richie Stanaway, Jonny Adam and Fernando Rees. The #98 car will return to race this year with Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, and Mathias Lauda. Needless to say, this is going to be a very exciting season for Aston Martin Racing.
Now that we’ve talked a little bit about the drivers and the new partnerships between AMR, TOTAL, and Dunlop, let’s take a look at this new GTE racer. Regulations changed this year, and teams now have greater freedom in the aerodynamics department, so we’re sure to see some new features.
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About five months ago, there were rumors that Aston Martin was looking to return to Formula One as a brand partner with one of the teams using Mercedes-AMG power units. Red Bull Racing, Williams and Force India were among the candidates according to reports. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, however, said such a scenario was "improbable".
Now, Autosport reports that the Force India "is closing on a deal to be rebranded as Aston Martin Racing next season." The news comes straight from Force India team principal Vijay Mallya, who confirmed talks with the British car maker.
"If tomorrow someone comes and offers me a good sum of money for title sponsorship, I’ll seek the team name. If the marque comes along and I have to change the team name, I have to look at what it does for the team in terms of profile," Mallya said. "It’s premature to talk about it now, but we’re talking. Nothing is done until it’s done. I don’t like to count my chickens until they are hatched."
The outlet also said that Mercedes-AMG, which owns five percent of Aston Martin, has given its blessing for the tie-up. Moreover, the arrangement would also include a sponsorship link-up with Johnnie Walker, which would change the team’s livery to blue and gold. Should an agreement be signed, Aston Martin will return to Formula One in 2016 after a 55-year hiatus.
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Like many British carmakers, Aston Martin came to life as a race car builder. The Brits built their first vehicles in 1922, which went on to set world speed and endurance records at the Brooklands track, and later focused on road-going sports cars and grand tourers. Struck by financial problems in the 1930s, Aston Martin shifted production to aircraft components during World War II. In 1947, tractor manufacturer David Brown Limited bought both Aston Martin and Lagonda bringing them under the same roof.
The David Brown era, which lasted until early 1972, was one of the most successful in Aston Martin history — leading to the creation of the legendary DB series, which still exists through the DB9 and its upcoming successor. However, the road-going DBs weren’t Sir David Brown’s only achievements as managing director of Aston Martin. The entrepreneur also brought the British brand back to the race track by launching the DBR series in the early 1950s. More importantly, Brown approved the development of Aston Martin’s only outright Le Mans winner to date.
The car in question is the DBR1, which went on to win the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, against stiff competition from V-12 powered Ferraris and with none other than Carroll Shelby behind the wheel.
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Having made its public track debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan will make yet another appearance at the 24 Hours of Spa on July 25th. The limited-edition race car will complete two flying laps ahead of the fourth race of this year’s Blancpain Endurance Series season. The Vulcan will be driven by Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner, who has been involved in the design and development of the track-only car.
"It was very early days for the car when we first ran it at Goodwood Festival of Speed, but we certainly made a good impression and now we get to show the car in its most natural environment. I’m looking forward to our laps prior to the race and then being able to watch one of the best 24-hour events on the calendar," said Turner.
As a brief reminder, the Vulcan is powered by a 800-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-12 engine, which makes it the fastest and most-powerful Aston Martin ever built. It has a full carbon-fiber body and features a new design language that will likely trickle down to future road models. Aston Martin is setting up a skunkworks facility near Gaydon to build 24 examples of the Vulcan racer, each to be sold for at least £1.8 million (about $2.8 million).
In related news, this weekend’s 24 Hours of Spa will see two Aston Martin Racing customer teams contest the Pro-Am class in V-12-powered 2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 race cars.
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