2011 ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE
The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage is artful amalgamate of aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber, leather, rubber and glass represents pure sensory overload. artful amalgamate of aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber, leather, rubber and glass represents pure sensory overload. The carbon fiber louvers cut into the aluminum hood allow heated air in the engine compartment to escape, thereby lowering air pressure and lift brought on by high speeds.
Under the aluminium bodywork is a brilliantly engineered all-alloy aluminum monocoque platform (Aston Martin’s recognized “VH architecture”). The lightweight bonded framework is both strong and very rigid – an ideal platform for the robust powertrain.
In interior, the front seats drop into leather and Alcantara bucket seats. The swan doors pull shut with carbon fiber handles and the gearshift is a massive hunk of sculpted aluminum alloy. The instrument cluster has been revised for improved clarity higher contrast numerals and a splash of color.
2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is fitted with 48-valve 6.0-liter. Displacing 5,935 cubic centimeters, the naturally-aspirated all-alloy powerplant is rated at 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Bolted to the back of the engine is a traditional (three-pedal) six-speed manual transmission – the only gearbox offered. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a carbon-fiber propeller shaft mated to a standard mechanical limited-slip differential.
PORSCHE 918 SPYDER HYBRID RACING
The German automaker has made a science out of making its racing division profitable. Porsche first and foremost provides factory-built racing machines to privateer customers. That’s how the 911 dominates GT racing grids around the world with such variants as the recently unveiled GT3 RSR. And if the latest reports from Germany are anything to go on, Porsche could be preparing a new racer at the rapidly approaching Detroit Auto Show.
Already know that Porsche plans to debut a new model at the rapidly approaching North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next week, but the problem is that the German sports car maker is keeping its cards close to its chest about the type of vehicle it will unveil.