Aston Martin is set to reveal their next, err, track attack machine, a very special edition based on the V8 Vantage GTE that won the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans. This 'very special edition' will race at this Sunday's Red Bull Soapbox Race to be held in London. Aston Martin's 24 seconds of Le Ally Pally will witness a bonkers team of the company's personnel take on all corners in a car that can fit only one person who isn't any of the winners, Darren Turner or Jonny Adam, but Alex Summers, Senior Prototype Engineer at Aston Martin who, cough, volunteered to race this British marvel.
Having the heritage of hill climb racing, the folks at Aston Martin just flipped the concept around for the Soapbox Race. The prime mover for the car would be, well, gravity and the throaty sound of a V8 or a V12 engine. Since the Le Mans winners have an upcoming event, the World Endurance Championship in the following week, David King, President of Aston Martin Racing was a little concerned for their, well-being. “ I don’t think we’ll be putting our race drivers in it though as we need them to be in one piece for their next World Endurance Championship race the following week!,” he stated.
The preparations of the miniature version of the winning V8 Vantage GTE was meticulous and both, Darren Turner and Jonny Adam would support this attempt from the pit lanes. Concerned about the Senior Prototype Engineer who has 'volunteered' to be in the driver's seat of the prototype, Darren Turner said, “Having watched the Red Bull Soapbox Race numerous times, it looks the most amazing event so I can’t wait to go and see it for real. There is no way in the world I would get into one but I’m very happy to wave the brave pilot on his merry way. I hope Alex manages to last for more than 24 seconds and, most importantly, makes it to the bottom in one piece!”
The Red Bull Soapbox Race is a soapbox race which encourages youngsters to build and race a vehicle, without an engine in a downhill dash. Red Bull has held over a hundred races with the first one in the year 2000 in Brussels. Participants are judged on not just the braking and steering capability of their soapbox car, but also on their showmanship and creativity. So, a team that clocked the fastest time need not be the winner. The same parameters would apply to the baby Aston Martin as well and there would be no 'biased' decisions' considering that Aston Martin has had a sucessful Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing.
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