The V12 engine pairs with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Q by Aston, the automaker’s personalisation service, has a new, one-off creation – the Victor. It started life as a One-77, then Aston Martin turned it into a rolling homage to the company’s V8 Vantage of the 1970s and 1980s. But Q went far beyond adding a body kit and reupholstering the interior – there are few remnants of the One-77’s design inside or out, and it’s almost unrecognisable. It’s a slightly different story under the bonnet.
Powering the one-off Victor is the One-77’s original 7.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine. However, Aston tapped Cosworth to rebuild and retune the mill with a unique spec. It now produces 836 bhp (623 kilowatts) and 605 pound-feet (821 Newton-metres) of torque, which is quite an increase over the One-77’s original 750 bhp (559 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm).
The mill now pairs with a six-speed manual from Graziano, making the Victor the most-power manual-equipped Aston. To handle the additional power, two transmission coolers and a “bespoke motorsport clutch” were added to handle the additional power. Also handling the power are six-piston carbon-ceramic brakes.
While the design hearkens back to vintage Astons, the Victor is packed with modern-day technology. At the rear, Aston used tech derived from the Valkyrie to design the taillights. Even the vintage appearance is functional, providing 608 lb-ft (825 Nm) of downforce at 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour). That’s more than the 387 lb-ft (525 Nm) of downforce created by the race-prepped Vantage GT4 at the same speed. The suspension features the same inboard springs and dampers as the track-only Vulcan.
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Inside, Aston spared no expense, leaving much of the carbon-fibre monocoque chassis exposed. Forest Green and Conker Bridge of Weir leathers contrast the dark carbon weave while the upper part of the cabin features cashmere. There’s walnut trim on the dashboard, though the most pleasing use of the wood is the single piece atop the manual gear knob. Aston uses anodised aluminium and machined and polished titanium for other trim and hardware pieces.
There’s no word on price because this is a one-off creation. It’s a stunning homage to Aston’s heritage while also showing how the tech from its high-powered hypercars like the Vulcan and Valkyrie have other uses.
Source: Aston Martin