Aston Martin One-77 shows up at Villa d’Este

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The wraps on the Aston Martin One-77 supercar, which comes with a whopping price tag of €1.3 million, was removed at the Concorso d'Eleganza show held at the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este overlooking the coast of Lake Como in Italy. The supercar was completed only two day before the show.

The concept supercar was displayed in complete form including the interior and running powertrain, not like previous concept models displayed at the Paris and Geneva motor show.

Air intakes with a slashed appearance integrated in the front wing and a large grill, with obvious inspiration from the classic Aston Martin, are some of the styling touches that go into the concept car.

The rear section of the car includes a large race car air diffuser and trim rear lights, with an unusual strip linking both sides. Dual tone colors highlight the interior, in addition to electric racing seats in white.

The central console comes with leather and curved controls for the radio, satellite-navigation and air-conditioning system. A combination of carbon fiber and leather compose the inner sections of the doors. Although all 77 set for production has already been sold out, the One-77 is set to hit the markets in 2010.

The engine team was told to make the 6.0-liter V12 engine reach its fullest levels in relation to power output and reduced weight. Specifically, the team was told to achieve a power output of no lower than 700 bhp while the weight of the engine had to be lowered by as much as 10%.

Though Aston Martin and Cosworth engineers have yet to finish the final calibrations, the company expects that the power output will go above 700 bhp. The mass of the engine however has been reduced to about 25%. The One-77 project had managed to bring out the best in everyone involved.

All of the more than 700 bhp power is channeled by the six-speed gearbox to its rear wheels and then the road. The wheels come with the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres sized 255/35 ZR20 on the front while the rear ones are sized 335/30 ZR20.

The sequential robotized manual transmission is part of Aston’s Martin new generation and is controlled by paddles that have been column-mounted behind its steering wheel.

Many of these features were designed especially for the One-77 as it aids the car in meeting the demands of the power and the torque. Aston Martin though says that whatever lessons were learned in developing them will eventually be utilized for their series production models.

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