April 15, 2013 – Aston Martin One-77 Supercar Priced at $1.9 Million: The Aston Martin One-77 is a supercar with a name as unique as its style and approach to performance. While smaller engines being force-fed copious amounts of air via super and turbochargers is the new craze in the auto industry, Aston Martin decided to take a decidedly old school approach to the One-77 and its massive, naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12 engine.
The One-77’s naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12 is derived from Aston’s 6.0-liter power plant, but with power upped to a massive 750 horsepower with torque checking in at 533 lb-ft. Even more impressive is the fact that Aston Martin and Cosworth engineers sought out to decrease engine weight by 10 percent while bumping its displacement by 1.3-liters, but instead actually achieved a 25 percent weight reduction.
The end result of the impressive tinkering by Aston Martin and Cosworth engineers is the ability to say the One-77 is the most powerful naturally aspirated (non-super or turbocharged) road car on the planet.
But the powertrain advancement doesn’t stop there, that beastly power plant is then mated to an all-new six-speed sequential manual – or in other words, an automatic with paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel. This transmission was designed exclusively for the One-77, marking a new generation of transmission for the automaker.
Power is then transferred to the ground via Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires (255/35 ZR20 front, 335/30 ZR20 rear) developed specifically for the One-77. Behind the 20-inch wheels are lightweight Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes with caliper internals that have been re-engineered to transmit less heat from the brake pads into the brake fluid, while the discs themselves have been developed to ensure the maximum possible contact area between the face of the disc and the brake pads.
Aston Martin says that due to the One-77’s sky-high performance aspirations, special attention has also been paid to brake cooling, as the brakes have less time to cool between bursts of acceleration.
The brakes also get a break due to the relatively low weight of the car, which comes in at 3,300 lbs. The result is improved handling and stopping power, zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds, and a top speed north of 200 miles per hour.
Dimensionally, the One-77 is shorter than the DB9, lower than the Vantage and has a track of six and a half feet – only eight inches narrower than a Hummer H1.
Another incredibly unique aspect of the One-77 is the exclusivity and uniqueness about the car. Only 77 examples (hence the name) will ever be built, with no two cars being exactly alike thanks to a customization system be fitting of the $1.9 million supercar.
This daunting “one-off” approach presents a very unique challenge to Aston Martin as they must find a way to truly differentiate 77 examples of this single model in order to remain true to their promise. According to company officials, 50 One-77’s have been delivered; 25 have been ordered and only one remains unspoken for.
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