Aston Martin is paying tribute to the legendary DBR1 race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 with the DBS 59. Based on the DBS Superleggera, the DBS 59 was developed by the automaker’s Q division and commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge. Only 24 examples are being constructed.
The DBR1 was piloted by none other than Caroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori 59 years ago and only five were built between 1956 and 1959. Its Racing Green paintwork is borrowed by the DBS 59, while the DBR1 seat material inspired the fabric used to trim the new car’s seat backs and door inserts. Extensive use of gloss finish Carbon Fibre can be found on the roof, roof strake and painted bonnet louvres. Bronze detailing is adorning the exterior and interior, with the front grille surround, ‘Superleggera’ bonnet script, rear Aston Martin script and Q Fender Badge being the highlights. The bespoke leather Helmet Pods hold special crash helmets, race suits and gloves designed to resemble what Caroll Shelby was wearing. The ‘DBS 59’ logo embroidered is embroidered in the seat headrests, but the small painted white roundel adjacent to the side strakes show the car’s number from 1-24.
There is no change on the mechanical side, the 5.2 litre V12 delivers 725 hp and 900 Nm and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 340 km/h.