But today the latest creation from Aston’s bespoke Q division came to light, and this one-off might be the craziest car the brand has ever built. (Well, except for the F1-inspired Valkyrie. ) Meet the Aston Martin Victor, which made its surprise public debut today at the Hampton Court Palace Concours in the UK.
The Victor’s brutal, angular look is very different from anything else Aston currently makes, with round headlights, a large open grille and massive front splitter, a lovely greenhouse and rear haunches, and a pert rear end with a giant ducktail spoiler and a big diffuser.
Nearly all the major surfaces are covered in Forest Green or Conker Brown leather, but the Victor’s interior also makes use of walnut wood, cashmere, satin carbon fiber and aluminum and titanium for accents and trim pieces.
Aston won’t say how much the Victor costs, but with the new V12 Speedster costing $950,000 and being a lot more common (relatively) and based on a much more normal model, the Victor has to have set its owner back a few million dollars.
This makes the Victor even more powerful than the Vulcan as well, and it’s the most powerful car Aston has ever produced with a manual transmission.
The one-off Victor is inspired by the ’70s Vantage. 577"}’ section="annotation">Aston Martin has become known in recent years for releasing a number of low-volume, crazily styled, extremely expensive models, especially through collaborations with Zagato.
The Victor’s styling was inspired by the muscle-car-like V8 Vantage of the 1970s and ’80s — my personal favorite Aston of all time — as well as the DBS-based RHAM/1 race car, and I can totally see it.
The Victor rides on a One-77 chassis, uses Vulcan components, has a green interior and is just badass overall.
The Victor also rides on the same carbon-fiber monocoque chassis as the One-77, but with upgraded components and know-how taken from the Vulcan.
The Victor’s body is also made fully from carbon, and Aston says it weighs less overall than the One-77 did.
And in addition to being light and good-looking, the Victor’s aerodynamic body provides a lot more downforce than the Vantage GT4 race car.
The inboard, adjustable suspension was also taken from the Vulcan, and the Victor has massive carbon-ceramic brakes hidden behind the center-lock wheels.
Let’s hope the Victor’s owner takes it to other car shows and uses the hell out of it so us mere mortals may have a chance to bask in its glory in person.
It’s retro without being cheesy, referential without being heavy-handed, and the Pentland Green paint lends the Victor a bit of classiness.
One-off Aston Martin Victor has pseudo-retro looks, an 848-hp V12 and a manual transmission https://t.co/c1fyO3m26g— CNET News (@CNETNews) September 4, 2020