Anniversary model of a Le Mans triumph

1959 was a special year for Aston Martin: since 1928, the British took part again and again in the 24-hour race at Le Mans, but a victory never succeeded. At least until 1959, when two DBR1 cars crossed the finishing line ahead of all other participants – including the well-known competition of Ferrari and Porsche. 2019 celebrates the double victory for the 60th time, which Aston Martin takes as an opportunity to launch an exclusive special series of the DBS Superleggera. It is limited to 24 copies – so a car is built for each hour of racing.

As befitted in Racing Green

Of course, the special model is invariably painted in the famous Aston Martin Racing Green. To match, Aston Martin combines some shiny carbon parts, such as the roof and the associated spars. The air outlets in the hood are made of carbon, but are painted in body color. There are also some bronze accents, including the grille frame and the lettering on the hood and at the rear. And if you look closely, discovered the number 5 of the then winning car, which emblazoned on the front fender under the side air outlet.

The DBS 59 is also inspired by the racing car of the time. Thus, the backs of the seats and the door panels are made in a material for which the seat covers of the DBR1 served as a template. Seating surfaces and backrests are covered in leather in obsidian black and chestnut brown. The embroidery and borders pick up the bronze from the outside as well as the paddles. Also the Racing Green appears here again.

725 HP strong, 340 km / h fast

In the rear there are brackets, in which the supplied DBS-59 helmets, racing suits and gloves can fit, which are modeled on those parts, which bore the former factory riders in the Le Mans Triumph. In addition, the interior designers place a few logos on the seats and plaques with the serial number on the dashboard. There is also a matching, two-piece suitcase and a cover that covers the car when it is resting.

Technically, nothing has changed on the Aston Martin Superleggera. Its integrated as a front mid-engine 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 continues to make 725 hp and sends in the maximum case 900 Newton meters towards the rear axle. The zero-to-one hundred Sprint should complete the DBS 59 as well as its base model in 3.4 seconds, even the top speed of 340 km / h is similar.

From now on can be ordered

Orders for the DBS 59 are accepted by Aston Martin. Anyone who expresses concrete interest will certainly also hear the price, which the British are currently not communicating to the general public. It is clear that he will be well above the 274,995 euros of the production model. It would be an exaggeration to call this affordable. But at least the DBS 59 is significantly cheaper than the original DBR1, was auctioned last year at an auction in Monterey, a specimen for 17.5 million pounds (currently almost 20 million euros) – record for a British car.