Back in January, we reported on a new British coachbuilder named David Brown Automotive. In February, the startup launched the 1st particulars and images of its inaugural project, and now it has exposed the finished solution.
It’;s called Speedback, and it’;s based on the Jaguar XKR. But whilst it’;s developed on a modern chassis (fairly, anyway – the XK arrived in 2006 and is quickly to be discontinued), it is been rebodied to appear like a classic British GT. That signifies that, although it may appear like a classic Aston Martin, it’;s received a extensively contemporary 5.-liter supercharged V8 under the hood with above 500 horsepower on tap.
Otherwise, little in the way of specifics have been disclosed – such as what you can bet will be an astronomic value that tends to come with these kinds of coachbuilt customs. But the critical elements are what you can see, and that signifies the finest British craftsmanship within and out. Regardless of whether you like the particular style or not, of program, is totally a matter of taste.
David Brown (a diverse one particular, incidentally, from the late Aston chief whose initials even now adorn the latest DB9) exposed the auto right now in London ahead of its debut look at the Leading Marques present in Monaco subsequent month. Scroll down for a video and the official press release.
– New model exposed to the media at exclusive preview in London
– Speedback identify announced
– Auto to be exhibited at Best Marques Monaco in April
LONDON 27th March 2014: At an exclusive media briefing in London today, David Brown Automotive unveiled its exclusive handcrafted GT auto for the very first time.
It was also revealed that this interesting and highly anticipated new auto, which is created, engineered and hand-crafted in Britain, will be named Speedback: a identify which displays the elegant but purposeful lines of the V8 powered sports activities coupé.
Speedback will stay at the venue in London more than the weekend for viewing and will then travel to Monaco to be shown publicly for the initial time at the unique Top Marques show, which runs at the Grimaldi Forum from 17th to 20thApril. The auto will be on show on stand F3 and the complete team will be obtainable to examine the vehicle, its specs and to take orders in the course of the occasion.
Company founder and CEO, David Brown has a prolonged-standing background in engineering, vehicle manufacturing and an equally robust enthusiasm for both classic and contemporary automobiles (though he has no connection with either Aston Martin, its founder, Sir David Brown, or with the David Brown Group). With his notion for a classically styled GT auto with modern mechanicals and reliability, he began to assemble his specialist team some 2 years in the past.
He mentioned: “The launch of Speedback is the realisation of a dream for me, and is the consequence of skilful and dedicated perform by a team of hugely talented designers, engineers and craftsmen. I am delighted at the reaction of the media, our suppliers, prospective customers and close friends, and I search forward to presenting the vehicle to the public in Monaco.
The Speedback identify flawlessly displays the classic sports car tradition of the previous, while also carrying out justice to the sophisticated silhouette of the car’;s hand-built entire body and exclusive styling which attributes amongst a lot other detail, a fold-down picnic seat.”
The vehicle exposed today is the end result of 18 months of difficult perform by the David Brown Automotive staff, which includes extremely-experienced Chief Designer, Alan Mobberley. The vehicle, which has been engineered and handcrafted in Coventry, proudly uses traditional British materials and craftsmanship. Speedback guarantees outstanding functionality and dealing with from the most recent Jaguar 5 litre supercharged engine.
Customers of Speedback are ready to request any degree of tuning or engine enhancements they desir
“This auto will appeal to anyone who desires a really person sports auto, which can boast a fine British pedigree and which will only be made in constrained numbers, hence making certain the sort of exclusivity associated with Britain’;s when proud heritage of conventional, substantial-top quality, automotive coach- constructing”, stated David.
Also on display was a distinctive handcrafted 1:4 scale British granite model of Speedback, crafted by Lapicida in Harrogate.
The London media briefing and subsequent launch get together was held at the London showroom of specialist stone suppliers, Lapicida, one more of David Brown’;s enterprise interests. Visitors were also in a position to lean towards their handcrafted marble bar and appreciate speciality beers from one of David’;s most current organization venture, Poor Business a craft brewery based in North Yorkshire. The 3 brews, Dazed & Baffled, Really like More than Gold and Comfortably Numb were the perfect accompaniment to this handcrafted British vehicle.
Today also noticed the total David Brown Automotive website launched, featuring full info on Speedback, gorgeous pictures of the automobile and the craftsmanship behind it. You can also join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #HistoryInTheMaking.