A Historical Celebration of Road Sports Cars That Took To The Tracks...

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GT Racecar A to Z -  

Aston Martin

 ASTON MARTIN V8 Twin Turbo `Hamilton` car

( Raced Le Mans 24 hours 1977 + 1979 ,

Silverstone 6 hours 1977, 1979 + 1980 )

 ENGINE : V8 Cylinders 5340 cc

            Twin Garrett Turbos ( 1979 / 80 )

POWER : 500  BHP ( 1977 )

           650 BHP ( 1979 - normal boost ) ,

           775 BHP ( 1979 - highest boost )

WEIGHT :  1516 KGS ( 1977 ) , 1530 ( 1979 )

TOP SPEED :  184  ( 1977 )  , 180  ( 1979 )

( Data from Le Mans yearbooks + Autosport Mag )

V8 turbo

 ASTON MARTIN DB4 GT ZAGATO

 ( Raced at Le Mans 1961 , 62 , 63 )

 ENGINE :  6 Cylinder  3670 cc

POWER :  314 BHP

TOP SPEED :   152 MPH

WEIGHT :

PRICE :  5470 ( 1962 )

0-60 MPH :   6.1 Seconds

( Autocar test result 1962 )

 PRODUCTION : 20 origionals in 1962

 A limted production run of 20 DB4s had lightweight

and more slippery-shaped body work from the Zagato

 design stable in Italy. 6 in particular featured in GT

races in 1961-63. Essex Racing had 2 , with famous

number plates `1 VEV` and `2 VEV`. Both however

retired at the 1961 Le Mans 24 hours with blown head

gaskets. Despite the reduction of up to 45 kgs in

weight over the DB GT the Zagatos still couldnt quite

match the Ferraris 250s. The only race win for a

Zagato was by Lex Davison in `2 VEV`at the Aintree

GP support race ahead of Jaguar opposition. By 1962

the cars were struggling even more , Jim Clark in the

same car only 7th in qualifying at the TT and all 3 cars

retired. Frenchman Jean Kerguen had 2 aswell and was

a late retirement from the top 10 at Le Mans 1961 ,

he and the Mike Salmon car both retired at half

distance in 1962 and Kerguen again in 1963 to make it

no Le Mans finishes in 6 for the Zagatos.

Subsiquently these cars are highly regarded and more

exist due to 2 more limited runs in the 90s , called

Sanction 2 + 3 cars , plus replicas based on the GT.

 ASTON MARTIN DP 215

ENGINE :  6 Cylinders 3749 cc

POWER : 330 BHP

WEIGHT :  

TOP SPEED :  187  ( 1963 )  

( official data recorded Le Mans 1963 )

DP 215

ASTON55-6 ASTON79-2 ASTON77-2 ASTON7-4

DB4 GT

DB4 GT Zagato

 ASTON MARTIN DB4 GT

( Raced at Le Mans 1959 , Sebring 1961 )

 ENGINE :  6 Cylinders

POWER :

WEIGHT :

TOP SPEED :

PRODUCTION :

 Won on its debut with Stirling Moss at the Silverstone

International ( against British opposition ) May 1959.

The car then made its Le Mans debut loaned to Ecurie

3 Chevrons for Pathey and Calderari but the engine

forced retirement after just 21 laps. The task of

trying to compete against Ferrari in GT clearly a tough

one as all 4 of their 250 GTs finished. The factory did

enjoy overall victory with the DBR1 Sports car in the

last year of its programme. In 1960 Jack Sears won 4

British GT races in Equipe Endeavours car ( 124/r ) and

the Essex Racing cars finished 2nd ( Roy Salvadori ) and

3rd ( Innes Ireland ) at the TT but few races overseas.

David Ash ran 2 cars at the 1961 Sebring 12-hours but

both retired with broken hubs. The cars now with 3670

cc engines instead of teh origional 3-litre ones were up

against Chevy Corvette opposition.  A rivalry that would

become regular between the two firms in the 21st

century. New Zagato-bodied cars took the fight in 1962

( see below ).

The Aston Martin V8 Turbo car raced 5 times - in Group 5 at Silverstone 6 hours and in GTP at Le Mans

DBS V8  

 ASTON MARTIN Tickford V8 ( Marsh Hire Car )

( Raced in Brit GT 1993 + 1994 , AMOC Inter-Marque )

 ENGINE : V8 Cylinders 5340 cc

POWER :

TOP SPEED :

Legendary racer Gerry Marshall had campaigned a silver

DBS V8 in Intermarque races when in 1993 Marsh Plant

added a second one. The new black car featured a 1983

Tickford-built Group C V8 and was built by Martin  

Batchelor. Marshall won first time out at Brands and it

was entered in select rounds of the fledgling British GT

series where it took on the Porsche 935 replicas at the

sharp end of the grid. Two 2nds and a win in the wet at

Brands gave the much loved character his only Brit GT

win and would be Astons first and only for the next 20

years in the series. Another driver now sorely missed is

David Leslie , who raced for Aston in Gpoup C in 1989 ,

ran the car in its fourth + last Brit GT race, in 1994.

This V8 pictured in 2012 is very much in the spirit of the turbo car

The cars of David Ellis  

http://jp455.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/aston-martin-gt-700-by-david-ellis.html