After the hard-earned victory at LeMans, the team at Aston Martin Racing thought they could relax. But Chief of Prototype Design Alex Summers had another race on the schedule. Engineers at rest sometimes devote their work to wild projects, and such was the case with the AMR-SB. Essentially a scaled-down version of the V8 Vantage GTE, it was designed for the brutal downhill challenge known as the 24 seconds of Le Ally Pally. Last week they offered a preview of the build in preparation for the event.
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In an YouTube upload last night, we can see the car as a finished product in a photo shoot before the race. And the real treat is watching it navigate the treacherous course at Alexandra Palace.
Reaching a top speed of 29 miles per hour, Alex navigated the jumps and water obstacles for a 2nd place finish. Ride along with his helmet cam and witness the brutality of the course. They chose the best intro song of any motorsports event: Jessica by the Allman Brothers. RIP Gregg Allman.
The final jump proved to be too much for the inboard suspension of the AMR-SB. The only point of compression in the car are the discs in the driver’s spine, so the impact broke something in the undercarriage. Whatever was dragging could have slowed them enough to prevent a 1st place win. A valiant effort by Aston-Martin Racing has brought soap box racing back into professional sports. The FIA is expected to release Balance of Performance requirements for next season, so don’t be surprised to see Germans arrive with lead-lined chassis. Stay with us for all your Aston Martin news.