Friday, 8 June 2012

DBS V8 racer

My word, that's a lot of engine.

The Aston Martin DBS was never designed to be a race car - more a well-appointed, muscular GT. Created as the replacement for the iconic DB6, it had big shoes to fill, and represented an entirely new design direction in the way of blunt lines and chunky flanks. In the age-old style of the GT, it was built as a means to waft the well-heeled from one side of a continent to the other, a leather-lined cocoon surfing a tidal wave of torque.
They do make effective racers though, as you can see. This DBS, spotted by SuckSqueezeBangBlow at Motorsport at the Palace, began life as a road car in 1972, and was converted in the eighties into the behemoth it is today by the great Gerry Marshall. It's been campaigned successfully ever since, its 500bhp V8 creating a similar effect in the bowels of bystanders as the T-Rex/water glass situation in Jurassic Park. Stripped of its former luxuries, it's basically a colossal engine with an Aston Martin silhouette draped over it. And that's very cool indeed.

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