Aston Martin is having some fun testing out its new ultra-exclusive supercar, the One-77. While testing in southern Europe earlier last week, the car “exceeded original expectations” and hit a top speed of 220.007 mph.
But not so fast (literally)…This figure would make the One-77 the sixth fastest production car ever, and the second fastest British car of all time (McLaren's F1 hits 240 mph,) but the 220 mph isn’t official. By Aston Martin’s own admission, the car was under the guidance of its engineering team during dry, windy conditions. So this particular run may have had a helping wind (i.e. why all official high-speed runs are the average of two runs in opposite directions.)
Even if this is not official, the top speed is still impressive. It’s unlikely Aston could have been testing in wind that would add double digits to the car’s top speed. So we still expect some impressive official figures when the car hits the streets in the middle of next year.
The top speed of the One-77 doesn’t have to be impressive to make this one an automotive legend. Considering it’s £1 million price tag (currently about $1.6 million) and limited production run of 77 cars, it’s an instant collector’s item even if it showed up looking like the Cygnet
Aston Martin’s One-77 supercar has moved closer to setting a new all-time record for the British marque in initial high speed testing after surpassing all predictions and comfortably breaking the 200mph mark.
The One-77 is currently undergoing a stringent development process ahead of planned launch in 2010 with high speed testing taking place at a top secret proving ground in southern Europe. In a series of test runs completed last week the One-77 exceeded original expectations and recorded a 220.007mph (354.86kmh) top speed in dry but windy conditions under the guidance of the Aston Martin engineering team. Dynamic testing is now scheduled to continue into the New Year.
Powered by a new Aston Martin 7.3 litre V12 engine, the One-77 is engineered to deliver breathtaking levels of power and performance. The dramatically styled two-door, two-seat sports coupe is based on an innovative new carbon fibre monocoque body structure and adopts new active aerodynamic technology.
The One-77 is the ultimate expression of what Aston Martin stands for and will combine modern technology and design with craftsmanship and ultimate exclusivity to create the world’s most desirable automotive art form.
As name suggests, production is limited up to a maximum of 77 individually numbered examples, with deliveries expected to commence in mid-2010.
Aston Martin One-77 supercar exotic 220 mph