Tackling the Curves: Aston Martin One-77 Hits the Nurburgring

We’ve seen the Aston Martin One-77 in person, and even deconstructed, so there’s no breaking news here. But Motor Trend’s spy photographers have captured the 700-horsepower piece of eye-candy undergoing last minute testing at the Nürburgring.

The One-77 is a rare piece of engineering art, if you recall both the breathtaking body and chassis, as well as the fact that only 77 will ever be made. The chassis is a carbon-fiber monocoque that takes roughly three weeks to build, and the engine bay is stuffed with a raucous 7.3-liter V-12. That engine puts out 700 horsepower and some 500 pound-feet of torque and is coupled to a six-speed, single-clutch, automated manual transmission. That’s good enough to propel the One-77 to 60 mph in about 3.2 seconds.

Aston Martin wasn’t content to just build a wildly expensive and flamboyant car to go fast in a straight line. The One-77 features a race-bred, double-wishbone suspension at all four corners, complete with inboard mounted shock absorbers. Given how the car is running laps at the ‘Ring, it’s likely the suspension’s balance — between comfort and performance — that Aston’s working on here.

Although we’ve seen the car several times, it’s good to see the One-77 on a track. Its likelier setting, when it goes on sale in October for over $1.5 million, is a cruise down Rodeo Drive or a spot in a collector’s garage. But at least the owners will know the car can tackle the track.

Source: Motor Trend