AT last an Aston Martin you can all afford to drive!

It won’t do 62mph in less than a handful of seconds or star in the next Bond film.

But it is going to take part in a major race. The Red Bull Soap Box Race!

Tomorrow, a team from Aston’s development and racing driver cohort will compete in the Red Bull Soap Box Race at London’s world famous Alexandra Palace, where teams of ambitious and not always rubbish crews try to wow the judges with their gravity-fed speed.

Aston says this is officially the marque’s most efficient car in its 104-year history as it uses no fuel at all and runs purely on the force of gravity. Given Aston Martin’s pedigree in hill climbs dating back to its inception in 1913, the reasoning is that its engineers should have no problem building a go-kart to come back down the hill and take glory.

Aston Martin’s Prototype Operations Senior Engineer, Alex Summers, will take the wheel of a miniature V8 Vantage GTE while Le Mans class winners Darren Turner and Jonny Adam will be part of the points-scoring show at the top of the course, helping to give the mini-Vantage a strong start.

Aston Martin Red Bull Soap Race

Aston Martin Red Bull Soap Race

If you haven’t seen footage from the Red Bull Soap Box races from around the world, shows are broadcast in the UK on Dave.

They’re brilliant fun to watch, using downhill courses peppered with chicanes, jumps, berms and more to test the strength and skill of the karts and racers.

Crashes are frequent and often a bit nasty. The winners are the ones who not just record the fastest time down the course, but who stage the best pre-run show at the top.

Aston’s entry looks pretty awesome, and despite the well-publicised commercial tie-in between the company and Red Bull, we’re assured there’s going to be no bias. We can’t wait to see how it goes.

It’s another Aston with a licence to thrill…

Phil Lanning

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