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HBH Shows Rendering Of Mid-Engined Aston Martin

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On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 12:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

HBH Shows Rendering Of Mid-Engined Aston Martin

HBH has been making all kinds of news lately. Not only did the Zenvo ST1 S50 that it designed land in the United States, but its next project is getting a little more public. We told you about the mid-engined Aston Martin Vantage that the company was planning a couple months ago, and now the firm has released a computer rendering, providing a better idea of what the car will look like.

I have to say, I'm somewhat disappointed by this rendering. The original teaser made it look as though HBH had figured out a design solution to the mid-engined supercar. When you have a massive engine bolted behind the seats of a car, it tends to make for an unnaturally long rear-end and a squashed-forward cabin. Many mid-engined supercars look misproportioned and awkward because of this.

But the original teaser picture made it look as though the HBH project wouldn't be one of them. It appeared to have a gently sloping hatch blending aesthetically into the rear-end. But now that we see it in the light, that long hatch doesn't quite mask the pushed-forward cabin. It basically looks every bit as awkward as any other mid-engined supercar.

I feel like if they increase the size of the side windows and lower the belt line a little, this could look like a large but natural sportback. But that's just one non-design guy's opinion.

It looks better from the back, though (source link below has several other angles).

While it doesn't look like the looks will be any competition to the original V-12 Vantage, the HBH Bulldog GT will use that model's same 510-hp 6.0-liter V-12. Unlike in the stock Aston Martin, HBH will use a bespoke twin-supercharger to increase the output of that engine to around 670-hp.

The Zenvo ST1's 15 examples seemed pretty rare, but the Bulldog GT is much rarer. HBH only plans to build a single example, though it leaves the possibility of a small production run open to the consumer. I'm guessing that one example is going to be pretty damn expensive, and based on this thing's less-than-astounding looks, it's going to be pretty overpriced.

Then again, the intriguing part of this car isn't necessarily its looks but its rarity as a mid-engined supercar built with as much honesty to true Aston Martin design as possible. So we're sure someone will enjoy it.

HBH expects to get the first prototype testing by early 2013.



Stephy21 | 10:23AM (Tue, Nov 15, 2011)

Wow very nice car bit i sure wouldn't buy it.

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