2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Aston Martin’s first and so far only win in the 24 hours of Le Mans. The Gaydon marque has been partying hard all year to celebrate, but now there’s a new arrival to the festivities in the Aston Martin Vantage Heritage Racing Edition sextet you see here.
60 will be available and buyers can choose between the six liveries, each of which pays tribute to a significant racing car from Aston’s history.
The silver car – ‘The Record Breaker’ – references a racer known as Razor Blade that set records in the 1500cc class at the fearsome Brooklands circuit in 1923. In red, ‘The Italian Progettista’ commemmorates the Aston Martin Ulster that finished third at Le Mans in 1935. Aston fielded the gorgeous DB3S in the great French race in the mid-Fifties and ‘The David Brown Era’ in dark green pays tribute.
Jumping on to the late Eighties, Aston took a valiant but unsuccessful shot at scoring another Le Mans with the AMR1. In white, the ‘The Group C Monster’ mimics its colour scheme. In more recent times, Gulf-liveried DBR9s enjoyed success in the GT1 class and ‘The Le Mans Winner’ wears the iconic Gulf livery, as well. Finally, the flouro green ‘The Next Generation’ brings things right up to date, wearing Aston Martin Racing’s current colours.
All six feature a brand new aero package of rear spoiler, front splitter and dive planes – all made from carbonfibre – that add a whopping 194kg of downforce at 190mph.
They also all use the same design of wheel – in different colours – and get the Sports Plus pack and carbonfibre interior trim. In-house custom department Q by Aston Martin puts it all together.
All six are on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed under the central sculpture which this year features an Aston DBR1 of the sort that won Le Mans.
If it was our money, we’d take the red Vantage Heritage Racing Edition, just to be different.
Price on application, of course. And you better be quick.
By Graham King