Although it was presented during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, the Aston Martin CC100 It was born as a tribute to a Le Mans champion, of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was born in reverence to Aston Martín DBR1 in full celebration of the 100 years of the brand. Looking the same as the racing speedsters of the time, sporting the number 100 on the green broken by the yellow stripes. Wearing elegant, honorable demeanor, with the countenance of one who bows proudly to the past, a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, of handcrafting, craftsmanship, Savile Row tailors… with carbon fiber.
Alcantara for your steering wheel. With a thin ring, flattened at the base. A dashboard entirely made of carbon fiber, also present in the central tunnel, in the doors. In each of the corners. Some precious backets, again with the Alcantara present, but this time joining a perfect brown leather, also present, perfectly worked, on the door handles, on the central part straps. Airplane type switches, the characteristic Aston Martin key and 4 buttons to manage the different positions of your gear. For its instrumentation a totally digital frame, worthy of the Aston Martin Racing division, typical of a competition car.
Without any windshield. With the two separate seats in its cabin, backets, its rear diffuser … the essence of competition is more than present in this Aston Martin, the result of 6 months’ craftsmanship in which this speedster bodywork has been linked with the VH platform of the signature and the engine V12 AM11 of 6 liters of cubic capacity. 12-cylinder, 6-liter, naturally aspirated, 6-speed sequential manual transmission… and the ability to reach 100 km / h in about 4 seconds, with a limited top speed of 290 km / h. Aston Martin has not officially declared its power … the gossips speak of the same 565 horses as the Aston Martin Vanquish, the same 620 Nm of torque.
With a touch of discreet hooliganism, with a red badge and a jaguar wearing sunglasses. Like a Jaguar F-Type that in addition to a whole renewed bodywork, which in addition to an infinity of new details, has been given a master of pose. A crash course in cockiness. Conscious adolescent rebellion and who, using his youth, his good reception and an enviable physique struts between Porsche, Ferrari, Morgan or McLaren several by Goodwood, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is presented with a base quite similar to the Aston Martin CC100, with a fairly even philosophy … but with a much more incisive, less classical, less solemn character.
In an intense blue, with white details as the Aston Martin did in yellow, with the number 7, Jaguar also goes back to the 50s to pay homage to the Jaguar D-Type, it also goes back to Le Mans to pay homage to the 7 titles that the brand has achieved in the mythical endurance race. With an also present commitment to tradition, based on the Jaguar F-Type, a roadster has been shaped in which, unlike the Aston Martin, the front window has not been dispensed with. A roadster has been shaped in which carbon fiber is also very present.
Ok, its shapes are not as drastic as the Aston Martin CC100, but the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 maintains many more ties with production cars. Starting with the Jaguar F-Type, this conceptual model has been given new details in carbon fiber. A splitter, a rear wing, a marked diffuser, the side skirts … although of course, the brand that makes us go back to the past the most, that makes us think about the Jaguar D-Type the most, comes from the hump that rises behind the post. of the pilot.
As with its exterior, compared to the Aston Martin, the Jaguar F-Type is much sweeter, much closer to what we would find in a production car, quite even to the Jaguar F-Type, simply adding new details such as the thresholds of the doors, the upholstery or the peculiarity of the passenger seat, which has been replaced to make way for a helmet holder. A whim to enjoy alone.
If aesthetically the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 maintains great ties with the production model, mechanically it was not going to be less. Starting from a Jaguar F-Type V8 S, with the corresponding 5-liter supercharged V8, its power has been raised from the original 510 horsepower to 555 horsepower, also increasing its original torque, of 680 Nm, by 55 Nm. The ZF 8-speed gearbox is maintained, its cycle part does not receive major changes either, except for a height reduction of 10 mm, but the extra spice of this conceptual model comes from a free exhaust system with a ceramic finish. Prestationally it remains quite even to the Aston Martin, achieving a 0 to 100 km / h in 4.2 seconds and a limited top speed of 300 km / h.
Two ways to relive the past
Either honoring the Jaguar D-Type, or reviving the Jaguar DBR1, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 and the Aston Martin CC100 they manage to perfectly fulfill the celebration of British motorsport, a motorsport, a know-how, a few names, who are now living a tremendous new youth. Aston Martin in full centenary has delighted us with the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante while announcing the agreement with Mercedes AMG as a supplier of next propellants. Jaguar … Jaguar may be living one of the sweetest moments. In the midst of the automobile crisis, the group, Jaguar-Land Rover grows by 25% and together with the success of the Range Rover Evoque, together with the new Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport, we find a Jaguar that bets on the passion of the F- Type, the Jaguar XFR-S, from the Jaguar XKR-S GT and seeking to consolidate its immediate future with a fura mid-size saloon.
In both cases, the past has been addressed, the speedsters (although the F-Type has not given up on the windshield) that toured the European circuits between the 50s and the 60s, the glorious past of British racing, have been approached. But it has been done in such a disparate way that it makes us think of the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 as a car that could well be suitable for everyday life and the Aston Martin. CC100 like an exquisite collector’s car. In fact, that seems to be the future of both, because Jaguar seem willing to release an even more performance version of the Jaguar F-Type while Aston Martin will only make two units of the CC100… And both are already surprisingly sold at a price not as high as one would expect for such a mount and such exclusivity: 500,000 pounds, less than 600,000 euros.
At Goodwood both posed, sharing a fairly close space, and paraded to the delight of the public, hovering around two hundred thousand people, an audience, especially local, dedicated to a weekend of motorsports whose passion well deserves our envy. At the Jaguar booth, enter the F-Type between the XF Sportbrake, you could even pick up a “newspaper” that the brand dedicated to the Jaguar F-Type Project 7.
Aston Martin has created a work of art. Jaguar created it some time ago with the production Jaguar F-Type, being now more restrained in this tribute to British motorsport and limiting itself to dressing up its feline. Both have attracted attention, they have liked Goodwood. Both have managed to make perfect standard bearers, reminding us of the DBR1 to the D-Type. To the passion for motorsport in the English style, that which can only be understood in two ways. From the discreet elegance of a Vantage or with the clouds as the roof of a roadster.
Pininfarina Sergio Concept: the third speedster in discord
- Motor V8 4.5 atmospheric
- Total power 578 CV
- Weight1,280 kg
- Maximum speed 320 km / h
Pininfarina was not failing in its commitment to the Geneva Motor Show. He did not miss his appointment with the annual dose of beauty, of art on wheels with which he delights us every year. And he did it by resorting to the concept that Aston Martin and Jaguar have now resorted to, they have resorted to the essence of speedsters.
If the Jaguar F-Type Project 7, if the Aston Martin CC100 They perfectly represent the idea of British motorsport, a perfect tribute to its history with the motor and competition, the Pininfarina Sergio Concept does it with beauty, with impossible curves, with the red passion of Italy.
In 2012, on July 3, Sergio Pininfarina passed away, leaving us with one of the names linked to the most important car design in the world, a name that served to baptize this barchetta who was born reviving the spirit of the Dino Berlinetta Speciale from the perspective from the open sky, from a careful combination of classic essence and modern design … all on a Ferrari base. A spectacular height of 1,140 mm, a width of 1,940 mm and a length of 4,550 mm … a work of art, as in the case of the Jaguar, the Aston Martin, is the best way to define it.
Taking a Ferrari 458 Spyder, 4.5-liter V8 included, the Pininfarina Sergio delivers 578 horses for a weight of 1,280 Kg, ready to reach 320 km / h, but … will it be commercialized? Will it reach beyond the salons of the automobile, from some museum?
At Pininfarina they want it to be so, that it can circulate on the streets, that it reaches the garages of a lucky few. They have the go-ahead to approve it and are looking for customers for a production that could be around 3 to 6 units registered between 3 and 6 customers who should pay an amount not fully specified that could range from 770,000 euros to 3 million.
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