Aston Martin presents a new Speedster study as part of Monterey Car Week. The DBR22 cites old iconic racing cars from the British marque.
Two years ago, Aston Martin presented a very open-minded model: the V12 Speedster (see video) offers twelve cylinders and two seats, but no windshield. It made its debut as a show car, but is now built in a small series of 88 units. A perspective that is also realistic for the latest concept study from Aston Martin with the model designation DBR22. The Brits promise a batch of “ultra exclusive numbers” that will make the DBR22 one of “the rarest Aston Martins in the brand’s 109-year history”.
The car, which will soon make its debut at Monterey Car Week in California, is still officially a design concept as the manufacturer celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Q customization division. However, it can also be interpreted as a somewhat more elegant further development of the V12 Speedster. In any case, both cars are very similar. Which is no wonder: With the legendary DBR1 racing car from the late 1950s, Aston Martin names the same design model for both Speedsters. In the case of the DBR22, there is also the somewhat older DB3S from 1953.
Body made entirely of carbon
The visual differences are in the details. Example up front: While the V12 Speedster’s radiator neck has five transverse braces, the DBR22 has only one bar held by several vertical braces. Instead of horizontal, the newcomer wears more vertically oriented headlights. The hood on the V12 makes room for a counterpart with a large rear-facing air outlet on the DBR22. It has at least a hint of a windshield, and its aerodynamically optimized rollover humps behind the two seats shine in the same color as the car. Typically Aston Martin is the continuous light strip, which is raised in the middle of the rear part. At the rear, the filigree, perforated center section and the powerful diffuser, in the middle of which the two exhaust pipes are located, also attract attention.
The body of the Aston Martin DBR22 is made entirely of carbon fiber composite material and is made of only a few parts. Another special feature is the rear subframe, which the Aston Martin Q manufactures from several aluminum elements produced in the 3D printer. The 21-inch alloy wheels have a 14-spoke design specially designed for the DBR22 and a central locking system, as it is known from racing cars. The wheels, spacious black but accented with shiny metal, go well with the reinterpreted paint, which is of course based on the classic “British Racing Green”.
Specially designed interior
Aston Martin designed the interior as a symbiosis of visible carbon and dark brown leather. The DBR22 has two screens: the instrument display sits behind the flat-bottomed steering wheel, while another flat screen is located between the center vents. Underneath is the air conditioning system and the center console, which rises forward. The engine can be started, the gear selected or other settings made using touch surfaces.
The drive is also typical of Aston Martin: as with the V12 Speedster, there’s a 5.2-litre twelve-cylinder heart up front, aided by two turbochargers. In the DBR22, it is slightly more powerful than in its predecessor: it produces 715 instead of 700 hp, but has the same maximum torque of 753 Newton meters. The open two-seater accelerates from zero to 60 mph (96.6 km/h) in 3.4 seconds. Aston Martin states the top speed at 319 km/h. The power transmission to the rear wheels controls an eight-speed automatic transmission, which can also be controlled manually via carbon steering wheel paddles. The chassis works with adaptive dampers.
When exactly Aston Martin will start the production of the small series, the British have not yet revealed. However, it is clear that each copy can be intensively individualized, making a DBR22 a one-of-a-kind. The Q department tailors paint colors, body accents and graphics as specifically to customer requirements as the interior materials. The still unknown price will probably be at a correspondingly high level. In any case, the Aston Martin DBR22 in its production version should easily top the £765,000 V12 Speedster (currently the equivalent of around €906,000).
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At Monterey Car Week in California, Aston Martin presented the DBR22, a design concept that would later be produced in a small series. Formally based on the brand’s previous racing car, the Speedster acts as a showcase for new design details and modern production techniques. When it comes to the drive, on the other hand, it’s more old school.