Thursday, 14 October 2010

Rizk DBR2

The Aston Martin DBR2 was developed in 1957 as a sister car to the smaller-engined DBR1. It used a tubular spaceframe chassis and was powered by the engine from the DB4 road car, a sonorous 3.7-litre straight-six. Two cars were built (DBR2/1 and DBR2/2), so it goes without saying that they're something of an unattainable quantity now.

...well, in original form, at least. Fortunately for the cash-rich A-M enthusiasts of the world, the Rizk DBR2 exists.
Unlike the original, the Rizk centres around a carbon-fibre monocoque sculpted in Boeing's aerospace-grade autoclave. This allows the featherweight 800kg car's body to be strong enough to be 'undentable by human force'. Heat insulation for the engine bay comes in the form of Aerogel - a substance used by NASA on the Mars Rover.
The running gear is equally space-age, with adjustable coilvers and Wilwood brakes taking care of the bouncing and anchoring, although the engine is rather more classic. It's an original sixties straight-six running on SU carbs... but it's not an Aston unit. It's a 4.2-litre Jaguar engine, as you'd find in an E-Type. (If you so desire, however, you can choose from any number of V8s or V12s instead.)

They don't build 'em like they used to. Today they engineer yesterday for tomorrow.
Click here for more info from Rizk Auto.

You can read Top Gear's adventure with the DBR2 here.

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