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Aston Martin V12 Speedster, front static 2
Aston Martin V12 Speedster, front static
Aston Martin V12 Speedster, side static

THE most successful racing car in Aston Martin's history has inspired a version of an upcoming and highly exclusive open two-seater from the company.

Only 88 examples of the V12 Speedster will be made worldwide and now buyers will be able to have their own version made in homage to the Aston Martin DBR1 that won the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1959.

The new V12 Speedster costs from £765,000 in 'standard' form but Aston Martin is not saying how much the DBR1 homage model will be when sales begin in mid-2021.

With a 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine producing 700bhp, the Speedster will hit 198mph and reach 62mph in 3.4 seconds.

Featuring integrated custom elements reminiscent of the Le Mans winning race car, the Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 specification offers highlights such as Aston Martin Racing Green paint finish, Clubsport White pinstripe and roundels, a Satin Silver anodised grille with Clubsport lipstick graphic, Conker saddle leather and Viridian Green technical textile/Caithness leather.

Unique Aston Martin Racing Green driver and passenger helmets sit under transparent ‘windows', while solid silver ‘wings' badges glint beneath transparent enamel, says Aston Martin.

Pieces of gloss carbon fibre, Caithness Green leather and satin silver brushed aluminium switchgear in the V12 Speedster's open cabin underline the homage to a true motoring great, the company adds.

Satin black diamond turned 21-inch centre lock wheels are a feature of this specialist specification, which each Aston Martin V12 Speedster spending more than 50 hours in the painting process alone at the brand's advanced paint facility.

Outlining the rationale behind this V12 Speedster tribute specification, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said: "Emotion and exclusivity are at the heart of this car. A rare and exceptional Aston Martin, it has been engineered to offer a visceral driving experience that belies its elegant, artistic shape.

"Creating a bespoke specification that nods to the glory of the DBR1 has been a huge privilege for my team and I, and I very much look forward to seeing these cars being driven with the same enthusiasm that we have applied to their design."

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