22nd May 2011:
The Aston Martin V12 Zagato is the latest product of Aston Martin
and Zagato's intermittent collaboration. The car was officially
revealed to the world on the 21th May, 2011, by the shores of
Lake Como, Italy at the prestigious Villa D'Este Concours.
The Aston Martin V12 Zagato was inspired by several of the past
Aston/Zagato creations. Including the DB4GT Zagato, V8 Vantage
Zagato and DB7 Zagato.
As we'd guessed a couple of weeks before - based on the initial
teaser sketch - the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is based on
the acclaimed V12 Vantage.
Work began on the V12 Zagato back in 2010, when designers from
both companies met up to discuss how the styling influences
of both brands could be incorporated successfully into one design.
The lead engineer for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato, Chris Porritt,
was the same guy tasked with making the One-77
supercar a reality. Along with his team of engineers, he helped
turn the V12 Zagato from pretty pictures and computer models,
into a race-ready piece of machinery in a very short space of
The bodywork of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is handcrafted from
aluminium. That means there wasn't any mass production metal
stamping going on. Instead, every aluminium panel was formed
using an English wheel and traditionally crafted body bucks.
Each front wing alone comprises seven separate pieces of aluminium,
combined and then hand finished to provide one flowing surface.
As usual for Zagato cars, the V12 Zagato has been given the
trademark double-bubble roof.
Powering the Aston Martin V12 Zagato the same engine as used
in the V12 Vantage. That means is got a 6.0 litre V12 which
produces 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of torque.
The V12 Vantage has been campaigned successfully in GT3 racing
over the last couple of years. And the V12 Zagato is going to
keep the competition spirit alive by taking to the race track
The racing debut of the V12 Zagato will be at the four hour
VLN race at Nürburgring on 28th May 2011 with a view to two
cars racing at the 24 hour race on 25/26 June. The cars will
be driven by a team from Aston Martin race cars, led for the
sixth year by Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez.
Racing features of the V12 Vantage Zagato include a bonded aluminium
platform modified with a bespoke steel roll cage, front and
rear double wishbone suspension with fully adjustable Multimatic
DSSV Dampers and a 120ltr endurance racing fuel tank.
Similar and related vehicles:
Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin One-77