A high-end custom GT experience, limited

Founded back in 2013, David Brown Automotive is the creator of a variety of custom, hand-built British four-wheeled machines, including skillfully remastered iterations of the original Mini and a two-door luxury speed machine called the Speedback GT. Now, the boutique automaker is offering up a new version of the Speedback, and it arrives with more power from the front-mounted supercharged V-8, specialized styling touches to the exterior and interior, and a very limited production run. Revealed recently at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, this Grand Tourer model seeks to provide well-heeled enthusiasts with exclusivity, performance, comfort, and old school panache, all in a modern two-door coupe package.

Continue reading to learn more about the David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone Edition.

What Makes The David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone Edition Special

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Taking cues from the jet age and old school racers, the Speedback Silverstone Edition offers a handcrafted feel that definitely sets it apart.

From the off, it’s clear the David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone Edition creates a mix of old-school themes and modern styling touches. In this case, the vehicle takes its cues from the launch of the jet age, as well as the racing cars that slingshotted around circuits in the ‘60s. As such, it offers a handcrafted feel that sets it apart from the pack of mass-produced GT cars.

“Each model will be made using traditional coach building techniques at David Brown Automotive’s headquarters and build facility in Silverstone, the home of the iconic racing circuit,” says the brand. “Celebrating one year since David Brown Automotive moved to its Silverstone base, the new model is honed for performance, drawing close links to the aeronautical and racing heritage of the celebrated circuit.”

Outside, we find a slew of aeronautical and racing themes for the handcrafted aluminum body, with larger side skirts, a lower front spoiler, a rear diffuser, large side vents behind the front wheels, and of course, the requisite badging declaring the model’s specialness. The exhaust tips were also inspired by jets, while the exhaust note was tuned to sound like a race car.

In the corners, you’ll find forged 20-inch alloy wheels in a unique “Afterburner” design, while up front, there’s a unique grille mesh insert. Leading the front fenders is a double set of oval LED driving lights set in a dark ceramic surround, while a trio of clear taillights sit vertically in the rear. Tinted rear glass finishes it off.

Chrome detailing is used throughout, while a multi-layer metallic paint in a deep black finish adds plenty of on-road presence.

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The look and layout finds an interesting mix between old and new, with modern technology offset by handcrafted elements and rounded analog gauges.

Step into the cabin, and you’ll find a good number of additional ‘60s cues. The look and layout finds an interesting mix between old and new, with modern technology offset by handcrafted elements and rounded analog gauges. The air vents also play to the jet theme with a kind of rifling element for the interior of the vent.

The upholstery is done up with a brogued material and embroidered trim, with the company offering Antique and Ebony leather topped by tan contrast stitching. Further materials include Kvadrat Remix premium fabric, an open-pore Ebony Macassar wood veneer, and metal inlays.

The layout offers two seats maximum, but does include a space for luggage in the rear as a replacement for the bench seat normally seen on a 2+2 layout.

Both passengers will enjoy a heating feature and full adjustability for their bolstered bucket seats. Leather and Alcantara extend beyond the seats and onto the steering wheel, while brushed aluminum switchgear and brushed chrome detailing add a little extra bling.

The speedometer and tachometer continue the theme of aeronautics thanks to their unique design, and although they still use physical needles and not digital displays, this special edition model still gets modern infotainment features, such as satellite navigation, Bluetooth support, and a 7.1-channel Bowers & Wilkins stereo.

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It’s a nice bit of kit, no doubt about it, but the party piece has to be the 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood.

It’s a nice bit of kit, no doubt about it, but the party piece has to be the 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood, which comes complete with a twin-scroll supercharger for extra performance aspirations. Output is rated at 601 horsepower and 565 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission from ZF. Power is sent exclusively to the rear axle, just as it should on a traditional GT model.

Properly motivated, the David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone Edition can hit 60 mph in a scant 4.2 seconds and will go on to achieve a top speed of 155 mph. To help it handle the power increase, the suspension was upgraded with fresh tuning specs. While more capable, the set-up still seeks to find a balance between dynamic prowess and comfort. Final touches for the handling include an integrated Dynamic Stability Control system, performance brakes, and an active rear differential.

“Speedback Silverstone Edition addresses our ambition on every level, as a visually stunning Grand Tourer and the most performance-focused model we have ever made.”

Production is limited at just 10 units total. Pricing starts at 620,000 pounds ($868,223 at current exchange rates, 03/20/2018) for the limited-run Silverstone Edition, while the “regular” Speedback GT is priced at 520,000 pounds ($728,187 at current exchange rates, 03/20/2018). Each is built to order in either left-hand drive or right-hand drive.

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Press release

David Brown Automotive has today unveiled Speedback Silverstone Edition at the Geneva International Motor Show. Taking inspiration from the dawn of the jet age and classic racers from the 1960s, Speedback Silverstone Edition is a pure performance Grand Tourer for the 21st Century.

Limited to a run of only 10 production cars, Speedback Silverstone Edition is an example of bespoke British handcraftsmanship. Each model will be made using traditional coachbuilding techniques at David Brown Automotive’s headquarters and build facility in Silverstone, the home of the iconic racing circuit. Celebrating one year since David Brown Automotive moved to its Silverstone base, the new model is honed for performance, drawing close links to the aeronautical and racing heritage of the celebrated circuit.

Delivering 601 horsepower with 565ft lb of torque, a 0-60mph time of 4.2 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph, the 5.0-litre twin-scroll supercharged V8 engine fitted to the new model makes for the most performance orientated car ever produced by David Brown Automotive. The impressive powertrain is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission and drive is delivered through the Grand Tourer’s rear wheels for assured sports handling.

Advancing the finely tuned Grand Tourer formula set by Speedback GT, Speedback Silverstone Edition includes an upgraded suspension system for enhanced handling and dynamics, as well as comfort, refinement and cutting-edge technological features for an on-demand, responsive and exhilarating driving experience. A fully automated Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, safety technologies, performance brakes and active rear differential make the Silverstone Edition a retro-inspired, driving-focused Grand Tourer for the modern age.

The aeronautical- and classic racing-inspired theme is clear in the visual identity of Speedback Silverstone Edition, building on the unique design language found only in each car handmade by David Brown Automotive. The handcrafted aluminium body is streamlined with extended side skirts, a front spoiler and enhanced rear diffuser, while larger side vents – badged with limited edition Silverstone Edition details – hint to the performance-enhanced powertrain beneath. Jet-inspired exhaust tips compound the race-tuned engine note and compliment the car’s performance characteristics.

Moving around the car – which assumes the sleek profile of a classic racer with its menacing, streamlined stance – the Silverstone Edition is fitted with unique, forged 20-inch ‘Afterburner’ bespoke designed alloy wheels. A bespoke signature pattern grille is fitted with twin LED auxiliary driving lamps, enhancing visibility and complimenting the dark ceramic LED technical headlamps and clear lens tail lights.

Brushed chrome exterior brightware matches the ‘Fly By Night’ multi-layer metallic paintwork, finished with a subtle ‘Black Night’ fading centre stripe. Tinted rear glass and a unique monotone David Brown Automotive die-sunk enamelled, chrome-plated badging complete the aggressively styled exterior theme.

Inside the cockpit, a Sixties-inspired, exquisitely brogued and embroidered interior trim befits the essence of a performance Grand Tourer. The ‘Antique’ and ‘Ebony’ leather hides are bound by contrasting tan stitching, and the Kvadrat® ‘Remix’ premium fabric further adds to the quality and aeronautical personality within the cabin. An open-pore, scorched ‘Ebony Macassar’ wood veneer finish fades rearward, with metal inlay completing the dashboard, which features jet-inspired air vents to pay homage to the aeronautical and racing past of the Silverstone Circuit.

The two-seater configuration – with rear luggage storage space in the place of rear seats – features heated and adjustable sports seats that are adorned with a stylised Silverstone Circuit outline embroidered into the tan leather. Like Speedback GT, the folding ‘event seat’ features prominently at the rear of the car with an additional bespoke stowage feature. The application of leather and Alcantara® extends to the steering wheel, also fitted with bespoke brushed aluminium switchgear.

A brushed chrome finish is prominent around the interior. Exclusive aeronautical-inspired speedometer and tachometer dials perpetuate the legacy of Speedback Silverstone Edition, while a fully integrated infotainment system is another proponent to position the car as a classically styled, performance Grand Tourer in the modern age. The in-car technology package includes satellite navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity and a 7.1-channel Bowers & Wilkins® surround sound audio system.

“Ever since David Brown Automotive relocated to Silverstone, we have wanted to mark the significance of the circuit’s aeronautical and motorsport heritage,” said David Brown, company founder and CEO. “Speedback Silverstone Edition addresses our ambition on every level, as a visually stunning Grand Tourer and the most performance-focused model we have ever made.

“We have developed Speedback Silverstone Edition to appeal to a new customer; the driver who wants the very best in performance at all times, but still wants to retain usability and driveability in an exclusive model which still offers both comfort and luxury. The David Brown Automotive DNA is clear to see again, building on the success of Speedback GT and Mini Remastered models, while our inspiration from the heritage of the Silverstone Circuit shapes this new model as a classically-inspired performance Grand Tourer for the modern market.”

Speedback Silverstone Edition is priced from £620,000.00 GBP*, alongside the other David Brown Automotive models that are handbuilt at the company’s Silverstone build facility. Speedback GT is priced from £520,000.00 GBP* and the Mini Remastered has a list price of £75,000.00 GBP* (*excluding taxes, duties and shipping). Built to order, the car can be made in either left-hand or right-hand drive.

If you have any specific enquiries on the car and its launch, please speak to the PR contacts listed below.

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