Thursday, July 16, 2009

Best of Both Worlds: Rizk Auto recreation 1957 Aston Martin DBR2

Rizk Auto recreation 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

They don't build 'em like they used to, they build 'em better. But, it could be argued, they don't style 'em like they used to. A handful of purists have taken the best from both worlds, recreating classic automotive shapes using modern technology. The results – like the Creative Sport Speciale, Gullwing-America 300SL Panamerica and Huet Brothers Special – have always fascinated us, and here's the latest: a recreation of the famous 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 racer, built with the latest methods by Rizk Auto of Phoenix, Arizona.

The RA DBR2 is built around a state-of-the-art carbon-fiber tub and aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis that weighs a feather-like 100 kgs (220 lbs), overlaid with carbon-fiber body panels lined with Nomex. Sound space-age enough for a classic roadster? How about some Aerogel, a NASA-developed heat insulator being used in a roadgoing automobile for the first time. Each example is built to order, and customers can specify their choice of powertrain options between Jaguar-derived inline-six and V12 engines or a Corvette LS3 V8. The original Aston DBR2 chalked up a handful of victories in its day – if Rizk Auto had put it together, maybe it would have won even more. Details in the press release after the jump and high-res image gallery below.

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