As previewed last week at www.eurotiuner.com, Aston Martin will unveil the new V12 Zagato endurance racer concept on the shores of Lake Como, Italy at the Villa D’Este Concours tomorrow. Reviving a collaboration which spans many decades, 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.
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 Aston Martin in Gaydon spent time refining the concept using a mixture of the latest computer modeling techniques along with crafting traditional clay models to give an idea of proportion, stance and detail.” "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 representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato."
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. Featuring a new handcrafted aluminum 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, every aluminum panel was formed using an English wheel and traditionally crafted body bucks. Each front fender alone comprises seven separate pieces of aluminum, combined and then hand-finished to give a flowing form. Another iconic Zagato design cue is the double-bubble roof, created in this case from five separate pieces, further illustrating the craftsmanship involved in the construction of the V12 Zagato.
Designed for the focused driver, the V12 Zagato has been honed with driving enjoyment in mind. The car combines Aston Martin’s most dynamic bonded aluminum platform with the power of the 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 510hp and 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 at the 24 hour race at Nürburgring. In 2011 the car has gone on to form the basis of the new Aston Martin GT3 racecar unveiled last month.
The first DB4GT Zagato shown to the public in late 1960 spent much of its life as a racing car after its launch. Later perhaps the two most famous DB4GT Zagatos, registered ‘1 VEV’ and ‘2 VEV’, were raced with success by names such as Jim Clark and Roy Salvadori. The racing debut of the V12 Zagato will be at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN round at the Nürburgring on 28th May, with a view to two cars competing int the 24-hour race on 25/26 June. The cars will be driven by an experienced team, led for the sixth year by Chief Executive Dr Ulrich Bez.
The Aston Martin V12 Zagato will be shown for the first time at the Villa D’Este Concours on Saturday 21st May 2011