HBH Bulldog GT: The Mid-Engined Aston(ish)
Danish coachbuilder moving forward with dramatic mid-motor Martin
first reported on the Danish firm's work back in May, but now we can put a bit more flesh on the bones of the car.
Originally there were whispers that HBH would be creating their own bespoke chassis, but it seems that the final product will actually be based on a (heavily, we presume) modified version of the 'normal' Aston V12 Vantage.
That might sound like a mammoth job for a company you've never heard of, but in fact HBH has supercar form, having designed the ST1 supercar for fellow Danes, Zenvo.
the New Stratos project.
Power of the new car will come from a twin-supercharged version of the Aston Martin V12, with 666bhp and 548lb ft of torque from the 6.0-litre engine. 0-60mph, they reckon, will be dealt with in 3.9secs, with a top speed of 186mph.
Clothing the modified under-bits is (or rather, will be) a body of hand-beaten aluminium.
Classic Driver. "In fact, in many ways it would have been easier and the weight of the body could have been slightly lower. But it just didn't feel right, given the heritage of Aston Martin. Instead, we chose to manufacture the body panels in hand-beaten aluminium - following Aston tradition."
HBH reckons on development for the new car taking 12 months to develop, so we could see it in the metal in early 2013.
Bulldog GT Tech Specs:
All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935cc V12, twin superchargers
Six-speed manual transaxle gearbox, limited-slip differential
675 PS / 666 bhp at 6500rpm
756Nm / 548lb ft at 5750rpm
0-62mph in 3.9 seconds
300km/h / 186mph
9.5in x 19in (front); 12.5in x 20in (rear); forged alloy
255/35-19 (front); 335/30-20 (rear)
Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm diameter with six-piston monobloc calipers
Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm diameter with four-piston monobloc calipers
The "new" Stratos was a re-imagining of a classic; the Aston is beautiful, pretty quick already and currently available (although I might opt for the twin-superchargers if money was no object).;)
Yeah right. The VH arcitecture is designed for front engined, rear wheel drive cars, with gearbox on the rear axle. So When they say "modified version of the chassis" they mean lets start again and design our own!
Why a top speed of only 184MPH, Vanquish S could manage 200+ with significantly less power.
Think its all bullst.
And they seem to then be rather specific with many performance details and even spec, while ignoring the fact that is doesn't actually exist.
0 out of 10 from me for it's pointlessness.