The Aston Martin with Victor is a unique one-off supercar commissioned by a wealthy Aston Martin customer. This latest creation was built under the supervision of Aston Martin’s Q advanced operations department. The car has a lot of design inspirations from Old Aston Martins.
The car gets its name from ex-Aston Martin owners Victor Gauntlett. Victor bought a 12.5% stake in Aston Martin in 1980 and was responsible for helping Aston Martin through the 80s. In 1984 he had a 25% stake in Aston Martin shares and later bought a stake in Italian design house Zagato and resurrected its collaboration with Aston Martin. He was even responsible for renegotiating the use of Aston Martin cars in the James Bond franchise in 1986. Most of his shares in Aston Martin were later sold when Ford bought a 75% stake in the company. After almost 35 years the Victor was built to honor him.
The Victor uses a 7.3 liter naturally-aspirated V12 borrowed from the Aston Martin one-77. The engine was taken back to Cosworth and rebuilt from the ground up. It now makes 836hp and 614 lb-ft of torque. This engine sets as far back as possible in the engine bay given the victory front mid-engine layout. Positioning of jet engines so far back can be seen a little bit in the interior. This improves the weight distribution and handling of the Victor.
Cars of this class mainly use complicated quick-shifting transmissions like the modern dual-clutch. But the Victor has stuck with a classic recipe. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission which makes this the most powerful manual Aston Martin. This will make driving this car very fun and very engaging. Power is also sent to the rear wheels only with racing brakes to help slow down this beast.
Aston Martins Q department will do anything you want to your standard car as long as you’re ready to pay. The Victor is a bespoke project and Q has its hands all over the interior. First off it has a carbon-fiber tub from a low mileage Aston Martin one-77. The cockpit features a racing steering wheel similar to the ones on the Aston Martin Vulcan. There are also two screens one for the driver and one in the middle of the car. The Centre console is minimal with a very fancy-looking manual gear lever.
The interior is adorned with very beautiful green and brown leather. Carbon fiber is also very present on the dashboard, steering wheel, center console, and other parts of the interior. Most of the driver controls and even start a button are on the steering wheel. The interior door handles are leather straps for lightweight purposes. They also have racing harnesses to keep you in place.
Every part of this interior is stunning to look at even the rear hatch. The rear hatch is reminiscent of the One-77. It is lined with the same green leather as the interior. The components of the pushrod suspension are displayed in a very beautiful manner. The exposed carbon-fiber struts exposed which suspension company is visible under a well-presented glass.
The whole car is made entirely out of carbon fiber. The exterior shape of the Victor has a lot of inspiration from other Aston Martin models. Most notable is the front end which closely resembles the Aston Martin V8 vantage from the 1980s. It specifically resembles the RHAM/1 aka The Muncher which was in 1970 DBS race car. The race car was built by Robin Hamilton to compete in the 1997 Le mans. It is the main design inspiration for the Aston Martin Victor.
The Victor’s round headlights look like eyes focused on its target. A very large front grill and splitter help accentuate the front. Down the side has wheels inspired by the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Aston Martins’s signature doors remain, adding a bit more flare to the car. Side exit exhausts are similar to the ones found on the Aston Martin Vulcan housed by carbon fiber side skirts. At the back, the Victor has a duckbill spoiler integrated into its bodywork. The lights as almost like those found on the Aston Martin Valkyrie. And since there are no exhaust pipes at the back end there’s a huge diffuser.
The Victor is made as a road car with a focus on the driving experience. But it also has a large front splitter and grill. The large grills feed air into the massive engine with a large exit on the hood for extracting hot air. This also sends air to the rear. The rear diffuser in conjunction with these parts helps generate 60% more downforce than a vantage GT4 race car.
It is safe to say that the Victor is a very fast car. The point of this car is to have a unique driving experience, it just happens to be very powerful. There are no performance numbers but 0 to 60 would be around 3 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.
Only one car will ever be made. The true price of the car has not been disclosed to anyone. Most sources seem to think the victor will cost around 4 million dollars. I’m very sure that if Aston Martin had produced some extra cars they would definitely have people lining up to buy them.