How it Feels Driving the Aston Martin DB4 GT
The thought of a sports car on an empty race track sounds like an interesting combination, but when you drive the “Continuation” Aston Martin DB4 GT at Silverstone during a damp January, there are considerable catches to it.
The National Circuit hasn’t been driven on since prior the Christmas holidays, a cold, six-degree temperature fills the air, and to top it all up, the buyer of the prototype would not want to see extra marks on this wonderful piece of ingenuity.
Clearly, continuation models are becoming the new trend nowadays, as DB4 GT follows suit with Jaguar’s nine XKSSs and E-Type Lightweights. But Aston is taking it a step further, as its 25 DB4 GTs will be created carrying the same specification as the original Lightweight, with the added upgrade to allow it for car racing.
And here’s the catch: even with a hefty price tag of £1.5 million (over $2.1 million) prior to taxes, all units have already been sold.
While purchasers are getting pretty much a clone of the Lightweight GT, there are considerable improvements that make it a cut above its predecessor. Over a hundred blueprints were created to perfect the new DB4 GT, showing the dedication for perfection. Some of the original suppliers were contacted to provide materials for the continuation model, such as Borrani for the wire wheels.
The research done on the old models revealed flaws, such as on the chassis, but with Paul Spires, commercial director of the brand, taking the helm, most were already addressed. The paint finish of the exterior looks a lot more crisp than the old model, and tolerances are tighter. Around 4500 hours of hard work were poured in creating every model, and that still excludes the work on the engine and chassis.
As far as the upgrade, most of it is safety-centered rather than complete overhaul. You will still get the same features that you saw in the historic DB4 GT that became an icon in the race tracks.
There are modern bucket seats with six-point harnesses, a full-roll cage, and both a battery cut-off and fire extinguisher for safety purposes. An FIA-spec fuel bag can also be found within the tank, which helps prevent leakage. The fundamentals found within this model is good even if there’s little grip, given the fact there’s a combination of skinny period-spec rubber and slick surface. A 4.2 liter engine was put in place instead of the original 3.7 liter one.
The DB4 GT is a rather sensitive car which has to be gently brought to the direction you want to go. It can go speedily during an oversteer, although you have to be careful during slippery conditions. That’s why it’s not a common subject in drifting.
The great thing about the continuation model is that it has an outstanding throttle response, a firm brake, and a firm platform. It is user-friendly in such a way that you get the hang of it after a few tries driving it.
Aston gets another shot at greatness given the subtle techniques used in manufacturing the new DB4 GT, and in addition to that the owners will be given a two-year tuition.