• May 9th 2007 at 12:03PM
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Now this is what we're talking about. A couple of days ago, Kuwati Investment Dar was discussing its intention to sell its share of Aston Martin. John Sinders, the American investment banker who also backed Dave Richards, is talking about the kinds of things we like to hear about Aston: racing, one-offs, lightweight variants, and limited editions.
Sinders says his role is to help build the brand, enlarge the dealer network, and to develop better engines that, with Bez at the helm, would remain naturally aspirated. Then he says a single-make race series is being discussed (check out the Vantage N24), and he wants to get Aston back in the ALMS -- but Aston won't enter Formula 1. He outlined a 4-model range for Aston: sports car (Vantage), GT (DB9), sport sedan (Rapide), and a halo car (Bond, anyone?), with the efforts going into developing those cars to be the best in their classes. And he nixed an SUV. But Aston doesn't just want a sports car: "We want to build the best sports car in the world. We fully intend to go straight at the Ferrari F430 and the Lamborghini Gallardo." The Vantage will need to spend quite a bit of time at the gym and the trainer's to pull that off, but there's an adjective to describe those kinds of words: fighting. We say, bring it. Click the link to check out the full interview.

[Source: Automobile magazine]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Is that green lipstick on the front? Ewww.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a Cool looking car bet that cost about £200.000

      shame about the green mouth on the front

      • 8 Years Ago
      That's exactly my point.

      you said "based: derived from"

      so as long as the outer body look almost the same we can call them production based right? that's ridiculous.

      As i've said, they don't even the share the same suspension.

      how exactly you derive leaf springs from coil-overs, i don't know.

      • 8 Years Ago
      If you want cars that are straight from the assembly line,then maybe SCCA Showroom Stock is for you. All ACO cars have changes from the production car they are based from. I know you are intelligent, so you should understand what based on, and derived from mean.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Then any car that has the outer body shell that looks like the production car can be called production based.

      How exactly are the coil-overs derived from leaf springs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "so as long as the outer body look almost the same we can call them production based right?"

      Again, who said it was just the outerbody.It's built from a frame(chassis). If it was just a
      silhouette car it would not be ACO compliant under the current rules and would not be able to race at Le Mans.


      What ever I say is going to change your mind, but where do comeup with just outer body. The car is built from a corvett frame that is taken from the production line, just like a DB9 chassis that is from the production line.

      Proud Japanese if I would've known it was you I wouldn't have wasted your time or mine. We all know how you feel about American Cars.

      • 8 Years Ago
      whether it be a body on frame like the Corvette or a unibody chassis like the DB9.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sinders ought to take a stroll through his own showroom. The DB9 is currently priced within throwing distance of the F430 and Gallardo. If he adds a mid-engine car at the same price point, it's going to be slicing the loaf awfully thin to justify two similarly sized cars at that price point, unless he plans to either drop the DB9 or make it much less sporty.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Irony rears its head with the statement from Aston about building a Halo car. I guess i am just not rich enough to see certain Astons as daily drivers. Soon though I hope.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The cars are production based"

      Production based my arse :). The GT1 racers share next to no functional parts. They may look the same but they're very different beats - barely anything is carried over; perhaps the doors, roof lights. Its like comparing the DTM Merc CLK with the road going one; the racers covered in carbon fibre, the suspensions never seen the production car, and the engines been shoved back to where the steering wheel usually is. Even the way the bonnet (hood, sorry) opens in't the same. Saying the road performance can be judged by the race cars is just stupid. If you want to rate performance cars by the number of races they've won, then Porschewin - 17 Le Man victories and a lot more class ones.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Based: being derived from

      Yes, you can still it called production based. Because it is based on the production car and built to the rules specified by the ACO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The C6.R chassis is the steel frame base C6 Corvette versus the Aluminum frame from the C6 Z06.

      Being production base means the cars a built from a stock frame or chassis.GT 1 cars are not purpose built from tube frames, so that means they are production based.

      DTM cars are purpose built tube frame chassis.
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