Prodrive is well known for engineering excellence. It's earned the company a racing pedigree, particularly through its success with the Subaru World Rally Team.
In addition to its many other racing and road car development packages -- including Formula 1 in the past and again in 2008 -- Prodrive is working very closely with Aston Martin on its fleet of racing cars. This gives Prodrive a unique insight into what works best by way of engine chassis and aerodynamic modifications to improve the performance of the Aston range.
Feedback from owners was generally positive, the power upgrades and aero-dynamic conversions generating a lot of interest.
PistonHeads' spy reporter has uncovered Prodrive plotting performance upgrades for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Using its knowledge of Aston's racing cars (see sidebar, right), Prodrive is shortly to launch a range of performance upgrades for the AMV8, ranging from spoilers to power upgrades.
As the range has yet to be fully signed off, we cannot bring you full details, but we do know that this includes a power-upgrade to more than 400bhp -- up from the standard car's 380bhp -- plus a useful increase in engine torque, complete with a more free-revving nature and a throaty exhaust note.
Modifications should also include free flow cats and a re-programmed ECU.
Aerodynamic changes are limited to a small front lip and rear spoiler/diffuser that Prodrive reckons dramatically reduce front and rear end lift, to the benefit of the car's handling.
Prodrive will also be offering a suspension package that includes switchable electronic dampers. There will also be some stylistic options, including carbon fibre touches and new wheels with larger tyres fitted.
The final judgement will come down to pricing, real world performance and the type of warranty offered with the conversions but, on the face of it, Prodrive’s engineering excellence appears to have been put to good use.