18 August 2022
Aston Martin’s Q Bespoke Division is celebrating its 10th birthday.
To commemorate this (not that Aston seems to need an occasion to build a ‘Special’), a 21st-century tribute to the open-top DBR1 racer from 1953, the Aston Martin DBR22.
To celebrate, ten of these Roofless Beauties will be lovingly built. No prizes for guessing why ten.
If you’re an artist, digital designer, or know anything general about aesthetics, you’ve heard of the golden ratio. The golden ratio called the Divine Proportion is a mathematical ratio that refers to perfect portioning and has been applied to art for centuries to create beautiful and aesthetically pleasing masterpieces.
This design ratio is evident, which is also influenced by the 1951 DBR1 and 1953 DB3S.
Like its vintage Le Mans predecessor, it lacks any actual windscreen or side windows. More of a wraparound synthetic polymer to prevent the driver and passengers from being buffeted by wind and keep out flying debris.
No surprises here: the engine is Aston’s twin-turbo 5.2 litre V12 powerplant producing 705hp capable of achieving 60mph in 3.4 seconds and clinching a top speed of 198mph.
Don your white peaked racing helmet and silk scarf and be gone.