Aston Martin chose the 2022 Monterey Car Week in California to unveil the amazing DBR22. This new car is a V12-engined two-seater coach-built design concept, celebrating the marque’s legendary bloodline of open-cockpit sports racers.
Created by Q, Aston Martin’s in-house bespoke division, the new DBR22 is destined to be one of the rarest Aston Martins in the marque’s rich 109-year history. The true mission of the DBR22 is to establish a foundation for a production reality example for an ultra-exclusive number of Q by Aston Martin customers.
Sporting classic proportions and gorgeous, muscular curves, the DBR22 unashamedly speaks of tradition. The look and vibe are quite obviously a dynamic new take on Aston Martin’s past two-seater open-cockpit sportscars such as the DBR1 and DB3S.
Roberto Fedeli, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, said “Technology is pivotal in the construction of DBR22, with extensive use of carbon fibre throughout, and the use of 3D printing for the manufacture of a structural component. As such DBR22 showcases Aston Martin’s unique capabilities, with world-class design combined with an agile, intelligent approach to engineering and production. For a car that was designed to celebrate the ultimate bespoke customisation service, the engineering developments mean DBR22 truly has the dynamic theatre to match, ensuring the drive is just as addictive as its looks.”
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, added: “We set our design systems to “hyper-drive”, pushing the exploration of formalism further and endeavouring to express a future in the here today. Where could we go with the surfaces, proportion and form. Combining this approach with advanced process, technology, and materials, we’ve effectively modernised our racing bloodline and created a new pedigree. DBR22 is a hot-blooded, purebred Aston Martin sports car full of speed, agility and spirit, and a machine that we think will be the basis of many of tomorrow’s icons”.
The company says that it blended advanced materials and cutting-edge manufacturing technologies to build the perfect blend of design purity, engineering precision, heart-pounding performance and true passion. The heart of the new DBR22 is a 5.2-litre V12 Twin-Turbo powertrain with thrust capable of rocketing the car to 60 MPH in under 3.5 seconds. This makes the DBR22 one of the world’s quickest open-top vehicles. The frame of the vehicle includes 3D printed parts printed from aluminum to add lightness.
Aston Martinn will display the DBR22 design concept at the Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance this weekend from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st of August.
Image courtesy of Aston Martin media support.
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