Track to Tarmac: Aston Martin Debuts AMR Performance Sub-Brand with Two Brash Concepts
Aston Martin is usually well-known for its beautiful sports cars, its supercars, as well as also its racing program. currently, the British automaker is usually bringing these ideas together within the form of a completely new performance sub-brand called Aston Martin AMR. At an exclusive preview ahead of its big reveal, Aston’s creative director of external surfaces design, Miles Nurnberger, walked Car as well as also Driver through the plan at Aston’s U.K. design studio, including two completely new concepts to kick off AMR.
“We’re going through a state of widening our vocabulary in how Aston Martin expresses itself,” Nurnberger tells us. “You see the cars we’ve put out there [recently]—GT8, GT12, Vulcan—what we’ve learned is usually in which there’s a desire to see what we do on track, on the road. ‘Track to tarmac.’ in which is usually especially true with GT8 as well as also GT12, which are more accessible.”
Nurnberger says while Aston was already creating cars with in which ethos, there was no overlying strategy. AMR adjustments in which. Aston CEO Andy Palmer has confirmed in which every core style in Aston’s lineup will receive a production AMR type. Palmer says the GT8 as well as also GT12 demonstrated in which some Aston loyalists “love raw, race-bred types, however we also knew there was an opportunity to create cars in which offer a sharper performance focus however stop short of those truly hard-core, special series types.”
Marek Reichman, Aston’s chief creative officer, says AMR was the next logical step, after sportier versions of some of its cars sold out. “Each time we have pushed the boundaries as well as also done something extreme, the customers have loved the cars.” Reichman sees AMR as an opportunity to dial up the “sporting DNA” as well as also make a statement using GT race car technology for the road. “They will be special as well as also rare cars in which are credible, thrilling to drive, as well as also hugely desirable to own.”
Vantage AMR Pro as well as also Rapide AMR
There will be two levels of the completely new brand: AMR as well as also AMR Pro. Pro types will be more aggressive as well as also more focused, with additional lightweighting, carbon-fiber as well as also wide-Centeng treatments, as well as also completely new aerodynamics worked into the vehicle. Aston’s stand at in which year’s Geneva show is usually an impressive sight with its forthcoming Valkyrie hypercar—an aerodynamic wonder formerly known as the AM-RB 001—as well as also the completely new Vantage AMR Pro as well as also Rapide AMR concepts, all wearing AMR’s signature Stirling Green coloring with neon-green accents.
The Vantage AMR Pro is usually an extreme, track-only number powered by Aston Martin Racing’s 500-hp GT4 V-8 engine. the idea boasts a race-tuned suspension as well as also competition engine as well as also transmission mounts, as well as also the idea rides on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrapped around completely new center-lock wheels measuring 19-by-9.5 inches up front as well as also 19-by-11.5 inches at the rear, which should deliver massive amounts of grip for the most powerful V8 Vantage ever.
The styling is usually influenced by motorsports as well. The Vantage AMR Pro takes its colors via Aston Martin Racing’s V8 Vantage GTE race car as well as also employs the same hood as well as also rear wing as in which World Endurance Championship car. The Pro gets a completely new front end incorporating a fascia using a striking, full-height grille; a wider front track; completely new fenders; as well as also an aggressive splitter. the idea also has unique side sills as well as also a reworked rear diffuser.
The Indoor features abundant carbon fiber, dark microsuede upholstery with bright-green accents, as well as also a custom roll cage created by Q by Aston Martin. “We’ve stripped as much as we could, however within the end, the idea adds up to being the most luxurious race car you’ve ever sat in,” Nurnberger says. “the idea’s not full-on rawness, because you’ve got in which comfort as well as also quality of materials.” Aston says the idea will make no more than seven Vantage AMR Pro cars, emphasizing how rare they’ll be.
Nurnberger describes the Rapide AMR, as well as also indeed all future non-Pro AMR types, as “pretty hard-core themselves, however less of the vehicle you’d take on the track [as well as also more one for] an environment like the autobahn.” The Rapide AMR will feature a 592-hp type of Aston’s 5.9-liter V-12 engine as well as also a completely new quad-tip exhaust, as well as a top speed of 210 mph. Riding on 21-inch wheels, the idea also sports the completely new full-height grille, a front splitter, as well as also revised side sills as well as also rear diffuser, as well as also the idea also gets a lip spoiler at the rear for additional downforce.
Inside, the Rapide AMR sees extensive use of carbon fiber, with the material applied to the front seat shells, the center console, as well as also the door panels. More dark microfiber as well as also green trim is usually on display here, too. Aston says the idea will build just 210 examples of the Rapide AMR.
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Development of all AMR core types will be handled by the central vehicle engineering teams, although Pro types will be the province of Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations as well as also managed by the company’s head of special ops, David King, who recently led development of the Vulcan, the GT8, as well as also the GT12. AMR’s European development as well as also brand center will be based at Aston’s Nürburgring test center.