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(from Aston Martin
Press Release) Aston Martin unveils new V12 Zagato
• In 50th
anniversary year of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin
introduces a modern interpretation of the famous Aston Martin
and Zagato collaboration
• New V12 Zagato concept to be premiered at the Villa D’Este
Concours on 21st May to gauge customer interest
• The V12 Zagato will appear in the form of an endurance race
car to compete at the Nürburgring 24 hour race on 25/26 June;
following tradition of recent new Aston Martins
Gaydon / Lake Como, 20
May 2011. Aston Martin will unveil the stunning new V12 Zagato
endurance racer concept on the shores of Lake Como, Italy at the
Villa D’Este Concours tomorrow.
Reviving a collaboration which has produced some of the most
beautiful and sought-after cars in the world, the partnership takes
inspiration from the past, to create a modern descendent of classics
such as the DB4GT Zagato, V8 Vantage Zagato and DB7 Zagato based on
Aston Martin’s ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage
range: the V12 Vantage.
Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin said: “The Zagato design language
is a perfect complement to our design and engineering expertise.
After 50 years of the two companies being associated with each other
the partnership has produced some of the world’s most iconic cars."
“Of course, fifty years ago Italian design houses were widely seen
as leading the way with new designs but now and supported by our
independency, Aston Martin has its own in-house design ability so
this new venture with Zagato is more collaborative than it perhaps
would have been in the past."
“The task for us has been to create a concept that is a natural
successor to those iconic cars that have gone before. Matching the
technology of the age with the traditional skills vital to deliver
such a bespoke and exclusive sports car will lead to a strictly
limited run of road going V12 Zagatos.”
Work began in 2010 with initial meetings between Aston Martin and
Zagato where sketches incorporating the design DNA of both companies
were discussed and a decision was made to proceed with the project.
Director of Design, Marek Reichman added: “The Design team at Gaydon
spent time refining the concept using a mixture of the latest
computer based modelling techniques along with crafting traditional
clay models to give a real world idea of proportion, stance and
"The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the
great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style.
The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful;
the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT
Zagato. The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of
the car’s racing credentials."
Working alongside the initial design team was a dedicated group of
Aston Martin engineers led by Chris Porritt - previously responsible
for the engineering of the One-77. With the skills and knowledge
gained from such specialised projects this team has worked to bring
the unique design of the V12 Zagato to reality in a very short
period of time.
Featuring a new handcrafted aluminium body, the V12 Zagato delivers
a beautiful and muscular design not possible using pre-formed panel
techniques. Using the influences and skill of nearly 100 years of
heritage in the craft, every aluminium panel was formed using an
English wheel and traditionally crafted body bucks. Each front wing
alone comprises seven separate pieces of aluminium, combined and
then hand finished to give one flowing form. Another iconic Zagato
design cue is the double bubble roof created in this case from five
separate pieces illustrating further the intensity of craftsmanship
involved in the construction of the V12 Zagato.
Designed for the focused driver, the V12 Zagato has been honed with
pure driving enjoyment in mind. The V12 Zagato combines Aston
Martin’s most dynamic bonded aluminium platform with the power of
the 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and
570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque.
The V12 Vantage which forms the basis of the V12 Zagato has been
proven on the race track as early as 2009 with a class win in its
debut race at the 24 hour race at Nürburgring whilst being close to
production standard with only essential safety modifications,
reduced weight and re-tuned suspension but no additional aerodynamic
enhancements. In 2011 the car has gone on to form the basis of the
new Aston Martin GT3 race car unveiled last month.
The first DB4GT Zagato shown to the public in late 1960 spent much
of its life as a racing car after launch. Later perhaps the two most
famous DB4GT Zagatos, registered ‘1 VEV’ and ‘2 VEV’ were raced with
success by such names as Jim Clark and Roy Salvadori. The
fascinating story of these cars and the nature of high performance
and low weight which drove the Zagato projects gave the inspiration
for the first two V12 Zagatos to be created as endurance race cars.
The racing debut of the V12 Zagato will be at the four hour VLN race
at Nürburgring on 28th May with a view to two cars racing at the 24
hour race on 25/26 June. The cars will be driven by a team with
great experience of Aston Martin race cars, led for the sixth year
by Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez.
Both cars follow Aston Martin’s philosophy of racing in
close-to-production form but with full FIA safety compliance. V12
Vantage Zagato specification includes a bonded aluminium platform
modified with a bespoke steel roll cage, front and rear double
wishbone suspension with fully adjustable Multimatic DSSV Dampers
and a 120ltr endurance racing fuel tank.
The Aston Martin V12 Zagato will be shown for the first time at the
Villa D’Este Concours on Saturday 21st May 2011
Aston Martin V12 Zagato Endurance
Race Car Specification
Two door, two seat coupe body
Bonded aluminium structure
Bespoke steel roll cage.
Hand crafted Aluminium body
All alloy quad overhead cam 48 valve 5935cc V12
Compression ratio 10.9:1
Front mid-mounted engine, rear wheel drive
Rear mid-mounted, six-speed automated manual gearbox with
auto shift manual/select shift manual (ASM/SSM) electric
hydraulic control system
Magnesium alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
Twin Plate competition clutch.
Limited slip differential.
All round independent double wishbone with fully adjustable
Multimatic DSSV dampers.
Front: Ventilated floating grooved discs with 6 piston callipers
Rear: Ventilated floating grooved discs with 4 piston callipers
120 litre endurance racing fuel tank