I love driving my V12 Vantage on the track. And I am proud to say, I’m slowly getting better at it too 🙂 Last week at the BIG 5 track event, I was able to do about 40 laps around my favorite circuit, Spa Franchorchamps. Here’s one of my laps, filmed by my friend Mark with his phone while in the passenger seat. It’s a bit shaky, but I think it gives a good impression of what it’s like to drive a V12 Vantage around this beautiful track. Enjoy:
Last week I participated in first Aston Martin BIG 5 event for this year, the track day at the Nürburgring GP Strecke. (have you seen my pit lane photos of the day?). Now here is a video I shot from the dash of my V12 Vantage while doing a lap of the GP Strecke, chasing the instructor’s Vanquish Volante:
On Friday last week, Aston Martin released this teaser video, just saying “Coming Soon…”. The video doesn’t show much, but we can clearly see a bonnet with V12 Vantage style carbon fibre vents, Vantage-style headlights, Vantage-style carbon fibre side strakes and the contours of a car in side-view which confirms this is something Vantage-based. Could this be the reason the V12 Vantage was discontinued a few weeks ago? We’ll know soon enough, maybe even later this week! Stay tuned. Watch the teaser video here. What do you think this is?
The Big 5 is Aston Martin’s yearly series of 5 “experience” events. It includes three track days (at Silverstone, the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps) and two driving-experience days (one at the Boxberg test center and one on-ice event in St. Moritz). This Monday (September 17) the fifth Big 5 event was held: the track day at Spa-Francorchamps. Over eighty Aston Martins came to this historic race-track in Belgium. 66 Aston owners taking their own car to the track, others renting a factory car for the day.
Richard Meaden of evo magazine gets to join Aston Martin engineer Ian Hartley to test a Vanquish prototype on a frozen lake in Sweden: Source: evo.co.uk