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Teaser Sketches Of One-Off Mid-Engined Aston Martin

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On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

Teaser Sketches Of One-Off Mid-Engined Aston Martin

So often, rare supercar designers focus so intently on aerodynamics and performance that they forget a simple truth: If one is going to spend a million dollars on a car, its aesthetics should be as premium and original as its engineering and performance. So many high-end supercars show gaudy numbers and equally gaudy looks.

When I first saw the Zenvo ST1, designed by HBH, I thought it was a different kind of supercar. Car fanatics and casual observers could argue whether its attractive or ugly ad naseum, but one thing is clear: It doesn't look like any other car on the road. And HBH's next venture looks to be equally original. The Danish firm released a few teaser sketches of its upcoming mid-engined Aston Martin one-off last week, and it looks like it should be both original and sexy.

The teaser sketches show a car that's inspired by the curvaceous body of the V12 Vantage that it's based on. It does have some marked departures from traditional Aston styling, though, including the hexagonal grille, sharp, teardrop headlights and near-Testarossa-like side vents. The vents are likely more dramatic in sketch than in person. They don't appear quite so drastic in profile shots, so we're guessing they're just accentuated by the artist rendering of the front-end.

The first teaser of the car showed a rearward cabin that is more graceful than the typical forward-crunched, mid-engine layout, and the new pictures provide further evidence of this design. The rear-end is defined by center-mounted twin exhaust and taillights that appear like an upside down version of the One-77's lights.

In May, HBH co-founder Torben Hartvig described the car: "... 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."

At the time, HBH was looking for a private customer to help cover the costs of developing the mid-engined Vantage. The car will use the Vantage's 510-hp 6.0-liter V12 engine, but will get a boost to around 675 horses thanks to a purpose-built twin supercharger.

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