Aston Martin is best known as a brand that builds GT sports cars, but in the 1950s it built world-class sports racing cars. The best were the DB3S and the DBR1, the latter of which won Le Mans in 1959 with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori at the wheel, helping Aston clinch the World Sportscar title that year. They are also two of the most beautiful race cars ever made, and they are the inspiration for Aston’s latest limited-edition car, the DBR22.
The DBR22 is a creation of Aston Martin’s Q division, which specializes in custom and one-off models, such as the Victor. Q is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and plans to build a handful of DBR22s for the occasion. The carbon fiber bodywork evokes the elegant yet muscular lines of the DB3S and DBR1, while under the long hood lives Aston’s 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12, here delivering 705 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.
There are some interesting technical details here, most notably a fully 3D printed rear subframe. Individual components are printed from aluminum and then glued together to create the complete assembly. Aston says this provides “significant” weight savings without sacrificing stiffness, and this process could be used for additional components on future low-volume models.
The interior features a dashboard similar to that of the Vantage and is covered in brown leather that Aston Martin describes as ‘aromatic’. Like the old race cars, there is a small windshield and humps behind the driver and passenger that help facilitate airflow.
Of course, DBR22 customers can customize their cars at a very high level, although the official position of Road & Rail is that for the bodywork you should at least stick to the traditional green color of Aston Martin. It just looks good.
Prices and production numbers haven’t been announced yet, but you can expect the answers to be many, and not many. The DBR22 will make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance later this week.
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