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Aston Martin confirms V12 Speedster, inspired by 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1

Posted On: 8 Jan 2020   |   Posted By: Sunday Times Driving

HOT ON the heels of McLaren's Elva , another British sports car maker steeped in motor racing history has confirmed it will be putting a two-seater open cockpit speed machine into production.
The Aston Martin V12 Speedster will make its global debut later this year, so for now all we have by way of visuals is this teaser image. However we have been given a few details to further pique our interest.
The car has been developed over the last 12 months by both Q by Aston Martin, the company's bespoke vehicle service, and the in-house Aston Martin Design team, and can be considered as a direct descendent of the Centenary CC100 Speedster Concept shown in 2013.
That, in turn, was created to celebrate and was influenced by the legendary Aston Martin DBR1 with which Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby won the Le Mans 24-hour race for the marque in 1959.
While harking back to the brand's glorious past, Aston says the V12 Speedster will be very much a forward-looking model in terms of materials and engineering.
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