The One-Off Aston Martin Victor Is the Ultimate Throwback Supercar
You look at the Aston Martin Victor, an all-new design inspired by the classic V-8 Vantage from the company’s Q personalization store; it’s also built on a One-77 chassis using Vulcan bits. This entire sentence is very exciting if you love Aston Martins, and there’s a lot more to unbox. The real gasoline on that red light, however, is this: The Victor packs an honest to goodness manual transmission and a 7.3-liter V-12 that makes a healthy 847 horsepower.
Of course, this particular fire will not heat up you. The Victor is a one-off model built for a customer who by all reports hoped their new creation would remain rather understated. Sorry for whatever the lucky owner, but the Victor is amazing and we had to share. That said, there’s surely some money – a royal ransom, perhaps – that would convince Q to build something similar for another 0.000001 percent, but all we can do is watch and learn more about this amazing machine.
Let’s start with inspiration. The 1970s Aston Martin V-8 was a crude muscle car clad in a bespoke suit, a completely muscular evolution of the earlier DBS V-8. The Victor is clearly inspired by this model. But it’s worth noting that it also takes its inspiration from a DBS V-8 that was heavily modified to run at Le Mans in the late 1970s, the RHAM / 1. The huge duck-tail spoiler from the new car is a nod to this unlikely endurance driver.
Indeed, the exterior is an exaggerated, aggressive and decidedly modern version of the vintage Vantage V-8 replicas. The forward sloping grille, recessed headlamps and square power bulge all clearly pay homage, but they are interpreted through the wild fantasies of modern design. The same goes with the webbed wheels wrapped in Michelin and the touches of leather and wood inside. All the retro flavors are balanced by hyper-modern elements such as the Vulcan-derived C-shaped steering wheel, digital gauge cluster and floating infotainment screen, and copious amounts of exposed carbon fiber. The solid walnut shifter knob is a nice touch, though, and honest for both eras.
There’s nothing retro about the Victor’s body or construction, however – it’s basically all carbon fiber. The monohull is derived from the One-77, and the body draped over it is made entirely of woven material. Q claims that the entire structure – body and chassis – is actually lighter than that of the One-77, which is pretty amazing. Vintage styling cues do very little to dampen the car’s aerodynamic potential, as it does more downforce at 100 mph than a Vantage GT4 race car. Interior shocks are fitted, as on the Vulcan, in addition to the massive Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes – so that the Victor can clearly stand on a track if the lucky owner so wishes.
Power comes from an naturally aspirated V-12 backed by a Graziano six-speed manual gearbox. Aston says it’s the most powerful car ever built with a manual transmission; for perspective, it’s more powerful than the dreaded One-77, which produces “only” 760 horsepower for the Victor’s 847 and 553 lb-ft for the single 605 lb-ft model.
The new Victor isn’t for everyone, but that’s the point: it’s one person’s fantasy made terribly real. And we think it’s fantastic.
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