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The Mid-Engined Aston: HBH Teases New One-Off Supercar

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On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 3:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Mid-Engined Aston: HBH Teases New One-Off Supercar

Danish design firm HBH has a history of helping the development of limited edition supercars. Our personal favorite is the in-your-face, 1,100-hp Zenvo ST1. And even though $1.2 million will be extremely rare, HBH has decided that it's just not rare enough. The design firm is moving toward becoming a sort of bespoke supercar-maker, a place where billionaires can stop in to commission completely unique, multi-million-dollar supercar-singles.

The company is already hard at work on the first of such supercars, a car that is essentially a mid-engined Aston Martin V-12 Vantage. A single teaser picture gives us a look at what to expect.

The mid-engined car will push the Aston's 510-hp 6.0-liter V-12 back behind the seats, abandoning Aston's typical front-engined layout. The firm believes that such a layout will give the car a Le Mans racing pedigree. And while a mid-engined layout tends to make for a more awkward shape than Aston is known for, the teaser picture shows a pretty well-proportioned car that should look as good as it performs.

Torben Hartvig, one of the "Hs" in HBH, said of the project: "... the idea of a mid-engined Aston was brought to life once before in the 1979 Bulldog. At the time the styling of this car was state of the art—today you see that is has little consistency with Aston’s design heritage. We wanted to create a car that has the Le Mans racing pedigree but at the same time, from a styling viewpoint, is in complete harmony with Aston Martin’s design heritage."

Essentially, HBH thinks that a mid-engine Aston "take two" is in order.

In an indication that the minds of HBH are so excited about the prospect of building a mid-engined Aston tribute that they threw caution into the wind, the firm has yet to secure a buyer for the bespoke supercar. They are looking for a wealthy individual interested in purchasing the single example along with 50 percent of the rights to the design and production. Though HBH plans the car as a one-off, it is leaving open the possibility of further production if it and the buyer are able to come to an agreement.

We don't think it should have a problem finding a wealthy guy that's excited about the prospect of owning his own supercar design, though if I had that kind of dough, I'd prefer to get in on the ground floor and dictate my own project, rather than buying into something that was already under development. The fact that the V-12's 510 stock ponies will be assisted by a one-off twin supercharger should help to stoke interest, though.

HBH hopes to get a car built by next year and plans to follow it up with similar projects.


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