The Aston Martin Victor is hands down the best thing to happen in 2020
I mean the bar wasn't exactly set too high but...
Nine months into the most horrendous year (possibly) in our lifetime, Aston Martin unveils the most beautiful car of the year, and one of the most spectacular one-offs we've seen in a very long time. It's called Victor, named in honour of Victor Gauntlett, Aston's chiarman during the 1980s, and it's a V12 one-off.
Inspired by the original V8 Vantage and the 1977 DBS V8 RHAM/1 Le Mans racer, this one-off commission (reportedly sold for around $3m) was built by Aston's Q division and it's based on the One-77 and powered by the same V12 that powered the limited edition supercar that Aston built a few years ago.
The 7.3-litre engine that lives under its bonnet is actually the most powerful road-going naturally aspirated powertrain Aston has ever built, paired with a Graziano manual gearbox, which means it is also the most powerful manual Aston ever made. It produces 836 hp and 605 torques, and because it's built using a carbon-fibre monocoque and rear housing from the One-77, the Victor is actually lighter than the car it's based on and produces GT4 levels of downforce.
It's painted Pentland Green to pay homage to the Vantage with beautiful centre-lock wheels, also inspired by the 70s and 80s, with Brembo CMM-R Carbon Ceramic brakes with six pistons on each caliper.
Some of the elements in the cabin, the steering wheel for example, come straight from the Vulcan and the interior is a mix of Forest Green and Conker Bridge of Weir leather with cashmere inserts. Aluminium, polished titanium and carbon fibre have also been used for the dashboard, the gear knob and the exposed chassis.
It's truly unique and gorgeous and, if you happen to be in the London area this weekend, you can see in the car "in the metal" at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, Surrey, around 15 south west of London.