Monday, 7 July 2014

Aston Martin DP-100

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Kazunori Yamauchi, the brains behind the Gran Turismo franchise, has struck design gold with his Vision Gran Turismo programme - not only are high-end manufacturers designing bespoke cars for the game, but they're actually hammering them together for real!
It makes a lot of sense, really; many of the gamers of today are the drivers of tomorrow, and the sheer numbers of Gran Turismo sales mean that it's a great platform for car brands to increase their reach and perceived desirability. Plus it's nice to be seen as an engaging manufacturer that's joining in with the fun...

Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Aston Martin's DP-100 is one of a number of concepts in the programme. With Yamauchi himself on the stand, ex-BTCC champ Tim Harvey presiding, and A-M Design Director Marek Reichman on hand to explain it all, the covers were lifted off to the general astonishment of the populus. The trademark Aston grills and taillights are reworked into a slippery, ultra-futuristic shape and, although the 800bhp mid-mounted V12 and active aero are somewhat extreme, they will inform future road cars. Indeed, Reichman was keen to point out that the mid-engined format (a departure from the usual Aston Martin layout, and the first in the marque's history) allowed a far more streamlined shape with a lower nose; he was also keen to point out that the cohesive design approach ensured that all of the necessary extra cooling holes and vents were obscured within the mid- and tail-sections' swooping lines.
The thing's a riot of detail too, from the individually-lit taillight stalks to the carbon-fibre blades on the wheels. An entirely unreal car, and yet real enough to stroke and fondle. Magical.

Click here for more photos from the Festival of Speed.

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