Whilst I completely understand Aston Martin’s rationale for producing the Cygnet city car, I get a lump in my throat (and an unsettled feeling in my stomach) when I bring you news that you can now buy a limited edition Aston Martin with scatter cushions with matching blue enamelled Cygnet & colette keyring. Whatever next?
This week Aston Martin is putting the final touches to its race preparations in readiness for the toughest 24 hour race of them all – the annual ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours on 25 and 26 June where a brace of new Aston Martin V12 Zagatos will compete.
Aston Martin’s new V12 Zagato endurance race car concept will return to the Nürburgring this weekend ahead of the 24-hour race hosted at the famous German circuit at the end of the month.
A thought occurred to me this morning when Audi revealed its range-topping R8 GT Spyder, that with most of BMW’s main competitors now retailing cars well above the £100,000 threshold, can we still consider BMW a luxury brand?
To mark the 50th anniversary year of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin has announced an exciting new collaboration with the renowned Italian design house Zagato – starting with a car to be shown for the first time at the famous Villa D’Este Concours on 21st May 2011, with a racing debut at Nürburgring later in the month.
Earlier this year if you remember, Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen drove a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible at 205.48 mph on the frozen Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland. Another day in the office you might say, for someone who’s lived on the edge of mortal danger throughout most of his career.
Aston Martin Racing have revealed a new race car based on the V12 Vantage road car – the Vantage GT3 will be ready for competition in 2012 and will replace the the DBRS9 which has been the mainstay of Aston’s GT3 racing programme since 2006.
If a good looking race-car was also a fast one, then this new Aston Martin LMP1 race-car would already have the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) championship clinched. Named AMR-One, a total of six cars will be built, with the factory team running one car in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup which includes the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and two cars at selected events.
We have a new watch to add to our guide to motoring-inspired timepieces, celebrating Bentley’s recent World Ice Speed Record their timepiece partner Breitling have now produced a strictly limited-edition SuperSports Light Body watch.
As the 81st Geneva Motor Show gets underway, Bentley announces today its most potent and radically styled convertible ever – the 202mph (325km/h) Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ convertible.
Just a fortnight ago four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, set a new World Ice Speed Record in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible on the hazardous frozen waters of the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland. He reached a breathtaking 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h) in the Conti Supersports, breaking his own 2007 record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h) set in a Continental GT coupe at the same location.
Geneva would not be complete without a show car from German tuner and manufacturer MANSORY. Best known for the sheer extravagance of their work and the perfectionism of founder and company boss Kourosh Mansory, their cars have sometimes become known for their questionable taste rather than sheer desirability. MANSORY build bespoke products for their wealthy customers, whose personal taste sometimes reflects their unique view of the world..
The last time the Virage name was used on an Aston Martin was way back in the days of the big old V8 model, it was 1988 and the Ford Motor Company had just purchased Aston Martin and Jaguar to form its Premier Automotive Group (PAG).