1) Why the Aston Martin DP-100 is mid-engined
Design director Marek Reichman confirmed ‘precisely because we don’t do it. It actually helps you to focus more on the core values of Aston Martin in terms of the purity, proportions and beautiful surface language.’
2) Aston Martin has a long history of doing Gran Turismo cars
The DP-100 was created for Polyphony, the makers of the Gran Turismo computer game, as one of 28 cars commissioned for its 15th anniversary. But Aston has form here. It actually provided a DB7 in the very first installation of the gaming franchise…
3) Some bits of the DP-100 will actually influence future Astons
The rear lights will influence the next generation of Aston Martins, echoing the brand’s famous badge in their C-shaped sculpture.
4) The wheels change shape at speed
There are moving vanes in the wheels to improve brake cooling or cut drag. How cool is that!
5) That whopping Aston Martin grille is just a few inches off the ground
The Aston grille has been reinterpreted for the DP-100,it’s set just 60mm off the ground.
6) Aston’s V12 is alive and well
This is a car for a computer game, so we can forget about the details of the power claims. It notionally uses a 800bhp twin-turbo version of the 6.0-litre V12, no AMG-sourced lump here.
7) It was designed by the man who made Colin McRae Rally
Reichman handed the project over to his sidekick, Miles Nurnburger.