After last week’s teaser, Aston Martin unveiled today the impressive V12 Zagato endurance racer concept, its latest masterpiece which will make its debut at the Villa D'Este Concours tomorrow. According to the manufacturer, work at the Aston Martin V12 Zagato began back in 2010, when the first sketches with the new vehicle were presented. As expected, the car features a handcrafted aluminum body and each front wing alone comprises seven separate pieces of aluminum.
Under the hood we find the impressive 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque. Moreover, the all-new V12 Zagato marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, shown back in 1960.
For those who don’t know, the DB4GT Zagato spent its life as a racing car and two most famous DB4GT Zagatos, registered '1 VEV' and '2 VEV' were raced with success by such names as Jim Clark and Roy Salvadori.
The V12 Zagato will also make its racing debut at the four hour VLN race at Nürburgring on 28th May. The cars will be driven by a team with great experience of Aston Martin race cars, led for the sixth year by Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez.
Unlike other vehicles that have bodies built by machines, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato features an aluminum body produced mainly with human effort. This is primarily because the vehicle’s aluminum body features an elegant and muscular design that is not achievable by using pre-formed panel techniques.
Interestingly, that did not matter to Aston Martin, which boasts of nearly a century of expertise in handcrafting prestigious vehicles. As for the V12 Zagato, each aluminum panel was crafted using an English wheel and traditionally made body bucks.
It was a complicated process to begin with, and yet Aston Martin pulls it off with success each time. For instance, each front wing is made from seven separate pieces of aluminum, which were combined and hand finished into one flowing form.
On the other hand, the V12 Zagato’s double bubble roof is made from five separate pieces of aluminum. According to Marek Reichman, Director of Design at Aston Martin, the carmaker’s design team refined the concept by using a blend of the latest computer-based modeling techniques and the traditional clay-model crafting.
He described the design of the new V12 Zagato as elegant yet brutal. He noted that the design conveys a balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. He added that the new design is a depiction of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato.
Fascinatingly, the initial design team for the V12 Zagato worked alongside with a committed group of Aston Martin engineers led by Chris Porritt, who was responsible for the engineering of the One-77.
Thanks to the expertise of such specialized groups, the team responsible for the V12 Zagato was able to transform the concept version of the V12 Zagato into a production model in just a very short time.