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Hail the 2030 Aston Martin Vigorous

Hail the 2030 Aston Martin Vigorous

No, it’s not an upcoming Aston Martin but it surely throws some light on what a sleeker DBX might look like

Aston Martin’s first-ever SUV, the DBX, is already confirming its status as the brand’s savior. This is no surprise, though. Exotic SUVs are selling like hotcakes which begs us to ask the question: will an even sportier-looking Aston Martin makes sense in today’s sales climate? The Vigorous design study is here to answer that.

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Could This Aston Martin Vantage Shooting Brake Solve the Company's Financial Problems?

Could This Aston Martin Vantage Shooting Brake Solve the Company’s Financial Problems?

No, this is not one of Zagato’s works of art

Aston Martin has a weird history with shooting brakes or estates, if you wish. The company never went for an out-and-out wagon, but instead was satisfied with low-volume cars. Think of the one-off Rapide-based Bertone Jet 2+2 Shooting Brake or the more recent Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake, both reserved to One Percenters.

Then, what’s with this rendering of a practical Vantage?

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Someone Mixed the Aston Martin DB11 With a Fiat 124 Spider and It Actually Looks Good

Someone Mixed the Aston Martin DB11 With a Fiat 124 Spider and It Actually Looks Good

It’s not often you see such an obscure mashup that actually looks good

The Aston Martin DB11 is an amazing car. And for what it is, despite the lower niche it sits in, the Fiat 124 Spider – and Mazda MX-5 Miata for the matter – is just as awesome in its own way. The former is a thoroughbred sports car that, in its base form, pumps out 503 horsepower from a turbocharged V-8. The latter, on the other hand, is good for a measly-in-comparison 164 horsepower from a much smaller 1.4-liter four-banger. What if things were different, though? What if the Aston Martin DB11 actually carried around a significant portion of Fiat 124 DNA? It sounds outlandish, but one rendering artist set out to find out, and the truth is, it actually looks pretty awesome – let’s just hope that a 1.4-liter engine is nowhere to be found.

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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers

Now this is podracing!

Arguably the coolest scene from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was when young Anakin Skywalker took to the sand and battled for his freedom in a homemade podracer. Sure, the final lightsaber battle was pretty friggin’ awesome as well (Darth Maul! Double-bladed saber! Epic music!), but when it comes to high-speed CGI glory, the podracer scene is hard to beat. In fact, the folks over at Click Mechanic liked it so much, they rendered seven unique podracers as though they were built by real-world manufacturers.

The manufacturers in question all produce some kind of speedy four-wheeled machine worthy of podracer-ization, and include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, BMW, and Dodge. Like their real-life equivalents, each rendering gets easily recognizable liveries, and in some cases, a few sponsorship decals as well, all of which was inspired by actual race cars (you know, from planet Earth). Which one of these wild contraptions would you bring to the Boonta Eve Classic? Let us know in the comments section!

Continue reading to learn more about real-life automakers rendered as podracers.

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TMG-AMR North America Wants You to Dress Up Their Vantage GT3 Racecar

TMG-AMR North America Wants You to Dress Up Their Vantage GT3 Racecar

Back when we were all kids, a lot of us probably did that thing where we’d take a Bburago auto scale model and proceed to paint over the existing car’s body color in whatever livery we can think of.

It ruined far more models than we would’ve liked, but it was pretty fun.

Fast forward to today and the TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America team is asking us to submit our very own paint scheme creations for its Vantage GT3 racecar. The prize? They’re going to take that livery design of yours and use it to dress up their third race car.

All you need to do is do a preliminary design study using photos of the Vantage GT3 that you can download on TRG’s Facebook page. You can use any photo-editing program you want and you can enter as many times as you want with the deadline for submissions set on February 20. Once you’re done with your work, all you have to do is post the photo on their Facebook page!

It’s pretty easy to do if you’re proficient in any of the aforementioned photo editing software. What might be more difficult is impressing the panel of judges that include Kevin Buckler, CEO of TRG-AMR North America, John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing, and Aston Martin Racing Factory Driver Darren Turner.

But if you can catch the attention of these three individuals, you just might find your livery design on one of the three Vantage GT3s that will be racing in a 2013 Grand-Am event in North America.

Well, what’re you waiting for, guys! Start putting those creative juices to work!

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Aston Martin Viceroy Design Study

Aston Martin Viceroy Design Study

Aston Martin seemed to have dragged their feet in terms of the One-77, a supercar that has impressed the entire world with its magnificent beauty and its 750hp naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12. And this admiration ignited a passion for an Aston Martin supercar that will not be so easily extinguished. In fact, this passion is what led British designer, Christopher Chilcott, into designing the Viceroy, a hydrogen powered supercar.

The designer states that the Viceroy was created as a celebration of everything British and that it illustrates the return of cutting edge British vehicles such as the McLaren F1, the Jaguar XJ220, and the Aston Martin DB5. Its features include a long hood, elegant lines, and large wheels that were inspired by the "bespoke tailoring and prestige of Savile Row in London."

The design is definitely a one-off, but its style and presence can clearly be identified as Aston Martin. You never know, maybe Aston will take him up on his design. We wouldn’t object.

Hit us up with your thoughts on the Viceroy in the comments section below.

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