Production version of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato coming to Frankfurt

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2011

There have been many reports about Aston Martin’s V12 Zagato but it will actually only make its first major show appearance this September at the 64th IAA International Show at Frankfurt. The V12 limited production car is expected to stand out among the biggest lineup of contemporary Aston Martins ever put on a Motor Show. Next month, two hand-crafted vehicles that made the rounds at the Nurburgring 24 hour race will be showcased. The two V12 Zagatos are named ‘Zig’ and ‘Zag’.

The car that’s referred to as ‘Zig’ has a unique green livery and has full endurance race car specs as featured at the Nurburgring.

It comes with a full aerodynamic package that consists of a front splitter, dive planes, large rear diffuser and spoiler. Meanwhile, ‘Zag’ was first seen at the Villa D’Este before it was converted into the same full racing specification as the sister car. After the 24 hour race, the ‘Zag’ was shifted back to its original show car state.

The car shows a racing car interior but it is actually intended to be a close approximation of what customers will get when they purchase a V12 Zagato.

Furthermore, Aston Martin has released the first conceptual illustrations of the road car version that will enter production starting in the middle of next year. There are few changes but the color is unique. These two V12 Zagatos will be seen at the Aston Martin stand at Frankfurt in September beside the One-77 supercar and the Virage and Vantage S, which were recently launched.

It was during the Villa d'Este Concours in May 2011 that the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was first unveiled to the world. As part of the Concept Cars and Prototypes segment, it managed to amaze the crowd, and more importantly the judges, resulting in the V12 Zagato getting the top prize against its rivals. By June 2011, this same model, in addition to a second prototype vehicle, participated during the Nürburgring 24 hour endurance race.

Since the two cars managed to finish this test of durability, it made sure that Aston Martin sustained its finishing record at 100%. Due to a large amount of positive customer response, the company decided to produce a limited run by July 2011. From that time and moving forward, the design team at Aston Martin worked to improve the aerodynamics and detailing of this sports car while remaining loyal to the original design concept.

In addition, engineers at its Gaydon facilities have been placing the prototypes under the demanding development program of the company to make sure that its performance is as amazing as it looks. Going back, it was during the early part of 2010 when the company started to delve into the V12 Zagato’s early design concepts. The design team in-charge was based in Gaydon and led by none other than Director of Design Marek Reichman.

Using the individual signature and bold style of the Zagato as a basis, the team faced the challenge of creating the V12 Zagato, a car meant to go beyond the design language of the company but still honoring the DB4GT Zagato. As if to prove that the company had the capacity to carry an idea and make an actual model, the Zagato programme started to get the needed momentum with the design team working together with the artisans and engineers to make sure that a pair of concept cars would be on hand by the spring of 2011. Manufacturing the V12 Zagato took an estimated 2,000 man-hours to finish.

Similar to the One-77, this concept car was made using hand-crafted aluminum and combined with carbon fiber. Creating each V12 Zagato comprised a painstaking process that takes approximately 2,000 man-hours to complete as the painting alone would need around 100 hours. Just like the One-77, the V12 Zagato is constructed from a combination of hand crafted aluminium and carbon fibre. The bonnet, signature 'double-bubble' roof and doors are hand-crafted aluminium, while the front and rear fenders, door sills and boot lid surround are made from carbon fiber. This is not surprising as each model that comes out of Aston Martin makes use of a distinctive mix of technology, innovative materials, and time-honored craftsmanship.

This same principle was first seen in the One-77 supercar, whose build run was completed just this year. With the V12 Zagato however, Aston Martin made sure to take this idea to a different level. As such, the finished body of the V12 Zagato is painted in the same dedicated region as that of the One-77. For this particular model, the company made 4 colors which are Alba Blue, Alloro Green, Diavolo Red, and Scintilla Silver.

Once the painting is completed, this is when the body is paired to the drivetrain and completed in the production area. After that, it is then transported to the same stand-alone facility where the production of the One-77 was conducted and completed. The V12 Zagato will be manufactured at its plant located in Gaydon, Warwickshire, with actual production limiting it to at most 150 cars.

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