To celebrate their 100th anniversary, Aston Martin created this CC100 speedster concept. It’s a tribute to their DBR1 race car that won both the 1959 24 hours of Le Mans driven by Carrol Shelby and Roy Salvadori as well as the Nurburgring 1000 driven by Sir Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman. The CC100 is powered by Aston Martin’s 6.0 liter V12 engine that makes over 500 horsepower that puts power to the wheels through a 6 speed sequential manual transmission. Check out this video montage of the CC100’s design concept being born and evolving into a working car:
**EDIT** May 26th, 2013: Turns out it sounds pretty good, too.
Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar loves the new Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. It’s size, balance and power make it a perfect GT car. Does that mean there’s nothing to complain about? Not necessarily. The new car isn’t the first to wear the Vanquish badge. That means there’s a legacy that it has to fall in line with. Sutcliffe brings the previous V12 Vanquish along for a side by side comparison.
Harry Metcalfe of evo magazine gets a chance to spend a day with Aston Martin’s current ultimate expression of the car, the One-77. We haven’t really seen too many of the details of the One-77 because Aston Martin didn’t let any reporters drive it since the entire production run was only 77 units; so this video is a bit of a treat. The One-77 is powered by a 650 horsepower naturally aspirated 7.3 liter V12 that starts out as the standard Aston Martin 6.0 liter bored out with special cylinder liners. Metcalfe says the variable valve timing and lighter flywheel give the engine a completely different attitude than the standard engine making the One-77 an edgy high rpm horsepower car. We also get a view of the beautiful carbon fiber enclosed engine bay and the pushrod suspension at all four corners. It’s another intimate look at one of the most exquisite cars in existence.
Car and Driver’s European Correspondent, Jethro Bovingdon, sets up a British sport coupe showdown. It’s old school vs. new school with the Morgan Aero Coupe taking on the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S. The Aero Coupe is the most performance oriented model from a 100 year old company that still uses ash wood in the frames of some of their cars (if you want to call the 3-Wheeler a car). It’s simple and light giving it a good power to weight ratio with a BMW V8 under the hood. As with anything made by the hands of skilled craftsmen, the Morgan Aero Coupe is not inexpensive. The price tag is in the same neighborhood as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S. Jethro takes both cars out on track to see how each car takes a different approach at similar concepts.
Tiff Needell does a head to head track battle to find out which front engine rear drive European super roadster is the fastest. He pits the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster against the Aston Martin DBS Volante on a rainy track to see which one could post the fastest time.