Aston Martin plans to beat Porsche’s new Nurburgring record
Ah, Nurburgring records. Where would we be without them? Automakers would have one less benchmark to fight over, and we’d miss some fantastic footage with fast cars lapping the Nordschleife. 2018 is already an interesting year with Porsche having broken the all-time record set by Stefan Bellof way back in 1983, but it’s about to get even more fascinating. That’s because Aston Martin could improve on that record with the upcoming Valkyrie supercar.
Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the release of other supercars recently – among them the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the Ferrari 458 Italia, and the Lexus LF-A – one soon-to-be-released limited run supercar has been inexplicably left in the backburner.
The Aston Martin One-77 recently went on a test run to gauge the top speed of the car and the results have been nothing short of jaw-dropping. The One-77 supercar recorded a speed of 220.007 mph, which if you’re keeping track, is the fastest any car Aston Martin has ever produced.
The previous record-holder was the Aston Martin Vanquish with a time of just a shade over 200 mph, which, needless to say the One-77 easily vanquished, no pun intended.
Press release after the jump.
The auction house Gooding & Company did alright for themselves this past Saturday the evening before the highly anticipated Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, selling an impressive 83% of all their lots earning more than $21 Million. The star of the block was a red 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider that sold for $2,750,000. There were also a few records set that evening, with the 1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Drop Head Coupe that went for $1,650,000, and the 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster that sold for $192,500. On a more technical note, the 1938 Buick Limited Series 80 Opera Brougham only set a record for pre-war Buicks at $506,000.
Aside from the record breaking Aston Martin and Ferrari’s, the crowd in attendance was eager to catch a glimpse of Lot 31, Ettore Bugatti’s own 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe. Originally assembled as a birthday present for Le Patron, founder of the ultra exotic car company, this particular Type 57C has been deemed as one of the automaker’s most cherished creations. The factory’s workers even went to great lengths to protect the Bugatti during World War II, the fighting between that Allied Forces and the Axis Powers ended up destroying the factory in Molsheim, France.
Even after Ettore’s death in 1947, the 57C was meticulously maintained and continued to receive updates as they were developed. The car is said to be extremely unique, with a distinct engine and transmission package, upgrades to the interior and one-off coachwork that is believed to be based on the last design ever created by Ettore’s son, Jean Bugatti who died at the age of 30 in an unfortunate incident, test driving a Le Mans winning Type 57 tank-bodied race car. Making for one very interesting conversation piece.
Press release after the jump.