Aston-Martin reveals 2023 DBR22 concept
At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, Aston Martin unveiled the spectacular DBR22, a V12-engined two-seater coach-built design concept which celebrates the marque’s bloodline of sports racers. Clearly influenced by Aston’s world-beating two-seater open-cockpit sportscars of the Fifties such as the DBR1 and DB3S, the DBR22 expresses the same dynamic but with a new take on this compelling theme.
The concept showcases a completely new body from Aston Martin’s designers. Its coach-built form is created from a minimal number of body panels to create a more sculpted, muscular presence that results in a smooth and effortless blend of exceptional drama and elegance.
A particularly noteworthy feature is the entirely new front grille which incorporates a unique carbon fibre design in place of the usual veins seen on series production Aston Martins. This design takes inspiration directly from the DBR1 and DB3S, giving a unique identity but one which clearly draws from Aston Martin’s heritage.
The bonnet features a dramatic horseshoe vent, recessed to aid airflow from the V12 that sits beneath it. The DBR22 also features a 3D printed rear subframe – the first time Aston Martin has introduced such a method. The component is made from multiple 3D printed parts printed from aluminium, which are then bonded to form the finished subframe. The advantages are clear, with a significant weight saving and no reduction in stiff ness, plus the ability to make special parts for ultra-low volume models, where required.
The DBR22’s cockpit continues the fusion of classic and contemporary approaches with many unique components and an extensive use of both leather and exposed carbon fibre. With architecture defined by the all-new dashboard and sleek infotainment displays, it sets the tone for a clean, uncluttered environment. Though taking inspiration from Aston Martin’s world-beating competition cars, the DBR22 is no bare-bones racer inside.
The 5.2-litre V12 twin-turbo powertrain produces 715PS (705bhp) and 555lb ft resulting in a 0-60mph time of just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198mph. Said Roberto Fedeli, Aston Martin’s chief technical officer, “Technology is pivotal in the construction of DBR22, with extensive use of carbon fibre throughout and the use of 3D printing for the manufacture of a structural component. As such DBR22 showcases Aston Martin’s unique capabilities, with world-class design combined with an agile, intelligent approach to engineering and production. For a car that was designed to celebrate the ultimate bespoke customisation service, the engineering developments mean DBR22 truly has the dynamic theatre to match, ensuring the drive is just as addictive as its looks.”