Aston Martin DB9, humming along on 12 cylinders since 2004…
Aston Martin unveiled the DB9 at the 2003 Frankfurt motor show as the replacement for its highly successful DB7, of which more than 7,000 units were sold during its 11 year production run.
Designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker, the DB9 used Aston Martin’s then-new VH (Vertical/Horizontal) platform, which has underpinned most of the company’s lineup since.
Available as both a coupe and convertible (Volante in Aston-speak) and sporting an unmistakably Aston Martin body, its aerodynamic drag coefficient was a conservative 0.34 Cd to favor style and high speed stability.
The chassis consisted largely of aluminum extrusions, forgings and castings joined with structural adhesives and self-piercing rivets. Aluminum was also used for the hood, roof and rear fenders. Door frames were of cast magnesium while front fenders and the trunklid were formed from composite plastic. Continue reading “Aston Martin DB9, A Modern Sports Car For Old Money” »
The 2014 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is now in the books. One of the three top contenders won the race as expected… but a whole lot of other things happened too. Here’s the short, short version of events:
Audi took the overall and LMP-1 win with a 1-2 finish, an amazing 13th victory in 16 attempts, though it was not without drama. The third Audi (#3) and #8 Toyota were involved in a crash in wet conditions about 90 minutes into the race. The Audi was unable to continue while the Toyota limped back to the pits and was in the garage for about 50 minutes to repair the damage.
The winning team consisted of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer in their R18 etron quattro. Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen was part of the team that finished second in the sister Audi after the car experienced turbo problems. His teammates were Lucas Di Grassi and Marc Gene, both ex-F1 drivers.