Sunday, October 28, 2012

2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Designed at the Aston Martin Design Studios in Gaydon, the concept features a new handcrafted aluminium body with a front similar to the one of the Vantage and a heavily modified middle, roof and rear section uniting both of the companys design DNAs. Another extra is the endurance racing fuel tank carrying up to 120 litres of fuel.Following a large interest by customers Aston Martin announced they would build a homologated version of the car, producing only a limited run of 150 at the Aston Martin headquarter in Gaydon. Starting delivery in the second half of 2012 the Zagato will be priced at around £330,000 excluding local taxes.The Aston Martin V12 Zagato made its racing debut at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN round at the Nürburgring on 28 May, the event for the car being a preparation and development experience ahead of the Nürburgring 24-hour race, to be held on 25–26 June.
Two V12 Zagatos competed in the 51st ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen VLN four-hour race on 11 June. Again as a test session ahead of the Nürburgring 24-hour race. Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez lead the driver team joined by the company's Nürburgring Test Centre Director, Wolfgang Schuhbauer plus experienced amateur racer Peter Cate in the first of the two V12 Zagato's. The sister car was driven by One-77 Chief Engineer Chris Porritt, experienced sports car driver Oliver Mathai and automotive journalist Richard Meaden. Competing in the SP8 category, the V12 Zagatos; near production standard cars with only essential safety and aerodynamic modifications required for racing, took 2nd and 3rd place in class, equating to 15th and 39th overall in field of some 150 largely specialist cars.
The two V12 Zagatos affectionately nicknamed "Zig" (green car) and "Zag" (red car) competed in the 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24-hour race, held on 25–26 June. The two factory backed cars both completed the race, finishing 5th and 6th in the SP8 class.
The red car also sprinted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 on 1–3 July. Driven by Aston Martin head designer, Marek Reichman, the car recorded a best time of 61.21 to finish 15th in the overall shootout.
On October 17 "Zig" was part of a collaboration between Aston Martin and Toyota at the VLN9 DMV 250-Meilen-Rennen. During the race drivers of both the V12 Zagato and Lexus LF A which included the CEO of Aston Martin and President of Toyota had an opportunity to drive both cars.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Specifications


Two door, two seat coupe body 
Bonded aluminum structure 
Bespoke steel roll cage. 
Hand crafted Aluminum body.


All alloy quad overhead cam 48 valve 5935cc V12 
Compression ratio 10.9:1 
Front mid-mounted engine, rear wheel drive. 

Fuel System: 

120 liter endurance racing fuel tank.


Rear mid-mounted, six-speed automated manual gearbox with auto shift manual/select shift manual (ASM/SSM) electric hydraulic control system 
Magnesium alloy torque tube with carbon fiber propeller shaft 
Twin Plate competition clutch. 
Limited slip differential.


All round independent double wishbone with fully adjustable Multimatic DSSV dampers. 


Front : Ventilated floating grooved discs with 6 piston callipers. 
Rear : Ventilated floating grooved discs with 4 piston callipers. 

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