Are you into European-sports-cars-turned-rally-machines as much as we are? Well then, we're happy to tell you the Aston Martin V8 Vantage that was converted into a WRC rally car a few years back has come up for sale. You should definitely buy it. Welcome to You Must Buy, our daily look at the cars you really should be buying instead of that boring commuter sedan. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This 2013 Vantage was converted into an R-GT class competitor for the World Rally Championship in 2015 by Finnish race shop Mäkelä Auto Tuning. The conversion is extremely impressive, and looks like something that rolled out of a factory works garage. The car retains most of its stock body panels, but features some aero upgrades (a wing, a splitter and some canards), as well as a raised ride height, a super-cool light pod, and a roof scoop for cabin airflow. The inside has been turned into a full-on rally cockpit, with bucket seats, a roll cage, and a hydraulic handbrake. The … [Read more...] about Are You Rad Enough to Own an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Rally Car?
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Today’s Aston Martin seeks to cultivate a crisp, modern, James Bond in a very trim suit image. There was a time when things over there were more double-breasted, when they succeeded in building the most powerful (and possibly most moronic) car in the world. This story originally ran on Nov. 7, 2014 and is being featured again for the Jalopnik Christmas Evergreen Bonanza. In 1987, Ford bought a 75-percent stake in Aston Martin. In 1994, Ford bought it outright, and in 1999 rolled it into their doomed Premium Auto Group. Or Premium Something Group. I can’t even be bothered to look up its exact name, but it was a loose confederacy of Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, maybe Mercury, and Aston Martin. The keen-eyed among you will note that it does not make sense to have the same company running both Jaguar and Aston Martin. They compete with each other for the ‘dumb Americans who want to look fancy’ market that so strongly defines the modern British auto … [Read more...] about When Aston Martin Built The Most Powerful (And Stupid) Car In The World
Now that the world has welcomed the new generation of the Aston Martin Vantage, the Gaydon-based carmaker is now focusing on preparing competition versions of the sports car. Set to be introduced to customer teams in 2019, the Vantage GT3 and GT4 will based on the road-going Vantage and GTE racer – the latter will make its debut during the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. The two new race cars will be built at Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, and will replace the V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4, which have proven to be well received. According to the company, 37 of 42 V12 Vantage GT3s built have been sold, while there are 124 examples of the GT4 car. For the new Vantage GT3 and GT4, race-modified versions of the 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 used in the road car will be used. They will also be homologated for racing from March 1, 2019, and interested customers can already place theirs orders. “We are very proud of the … [Read more...] about Aston Martin teases Vantage GT3 and GT4 for 2019
With a new road car comes a new race car. This stunner of a race machine is Aston Martin Racing‘s Vantage GTE, which will compete in the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). It will replace the multiple Le Mans class-winning V8 Vantage GTE, the team’s most successful competition car of all time. Built to comply with the FIA’s strict GTE class regulations, the new Vantage GTE takes the road car’s core design and dynamic capabilities to a whole new level through extensive optimisation of the powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics. The car was designed and engineered at AMR’s headquarters in Banbury, led by technical director Dan Sayers, who also guided the development of the V8 Vantage GTE. Though the road car has only just been launched, development of the Vantage GTE is well advanced, with more than 13,000 km of testing completed, including a successful 30-hour run at the Spanish circuit of Navarra. The car has also been through a durability … [Read more...] about New Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE for WEC 2018
Aston Martin's 21st century renaissance kickstarted with the DB11, a high-dollar grand tourer that upped the outgoing DB9's dynamic envelope while keeping one foot firmly planted in the brand's aesthetically elevated roots. The sequel to Aston's bid for relevancy is the V8 Vantage, a more agile and track-focused two-seater, perennially the company's best-seller that guns for the heavyweight in the segment, the Porsche 911. With a completely updated design language and laser-like focus on performance, the 2019 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is arguably the most important modern car to come out of Gaydon in... well, forever. Forget everything you know about the late, great V8 Vantage (and its sublime V12 counterpart). The 2019 model is a completely re-imagined beast, built from the ground up with around a turbocharged engine from an unexpected source. The old Vantage V8's naturally aspirated V8 is gone, and in its place is a Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4-liter V8 producing 503 horsepower … [Read more...] about 2019 Aston Martin V8 Vantage First Drive Review