Aston Martin wants you to enjoy the feeling of wind in your hair… and in your face.

    The completely open-cockpit Aston Martin V12 Speedster will be available with a special DBR1 specification, celebrating the company’s most successful track racer.

    Unfortunately, Aston Martin has confirmed none of the 88 V12 Speedster models being built will be offered here.

    The DBR1 was the name of the Aston that won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the V12 Speedster DBR1 dons various aesthetic enhancements to pay homage to the racer.

    DBR1 models feature a unique Martin Racing Green paint finish with Clubsport White pinstriping and roundels and a Satin Silver anodised grille with a Clubsport ‘lipstick graphic’, and ride on satin black diamond-turned 21-inch wheels.

    Inside – if you can call it that, considering there’s no roof or windscreen – you’ll find Conker saddle leather, Viridian Green technical textile and Caithness green leather trim, plus satin silver brushed aluminium switchgear.

    There are also Aston Martin Racing Green helmets for the driver and passenger.

    Under the long bonnet is a version of Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, producing 514kW of power and 753Nm of torque.

    It’s mated with a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

    Aston Martin claims a 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds, onto a top speed of 318km/h.

    The original DBR1, in addition to its 24 Hours of Le Mans win, was also the victor in the 1957 and 1958 1,000km of Nürburgring endurance competitions.

    Just five were built, and it was produced as a pure racing car rather than being derived from a road car.

    This V12 Speedster variant isn’t the first Aston Martin to pay homage to the DBR1.

    Aston Martin produced two CC100 Speedster models in 2013 to celebrate its 100th anniversary, also featuring an open-cockpit design and a V12 engine.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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