Aston Martin Bulldog Achieves 200 MPH After 40 Years

Overcoming Challenges Encountered.

It is hoped that the Aston Martin Bulldog can fulfil the mission it started over 40 years back, which was to reach 200 mph. In 1979, Aston Martin publicly disclosed the Bulldog with the intention of bringing it into production in 1980 for two aims: set a new benchmark as the world’s fastest production vehicle and be the inaugural car to achieve 200 mph.

Although the Bulldog set a new production car speed record at 191 mph, it doesn’t really count. After all, the only example of this model ever created was merely a one-off concept, which means the “production car” part of the record is highly questionable. Before it had the chance to reach 200 mph, Victor Gauntlett assumed control of Aston Martin and decided to scrap the project due to its excessive cost.

The Bulldog gradually vanished from sight, but Classic Motor Cars declared in the beginning of 2020 that they were committed to restoring it so that it could at long last complete its 200-mph run. Unfortunately, now this particular 43 years old vehicle is incapable of reaching the production car speed mark.

“When it comes to restoring a 40-year-old vehicle, it’s all about finding the right balance between preserving its original integrity and making sure it can still do what it was designed to do,” said Tim Griffin, Managing Director of Classic Motor Cars. “In the case of Bulldog, we haven’t changed the engineering or engine, but we have strengthened and supported the original specification so that it can reach 200 mph.”

Subsequent to seven thousand hours of rehabilitation and hundreds of hours of evaluation, the Bulldog is eventually prepared for the 200mph endeavor. This will be accomplished at Machrihanish Airfield, a prior NATO foundation in Scotland, on June 6, 2023.

It is not stated in the communiqué who will be present to check the velocity, however, usually two third-party firms are required. Classic Motor Cars is likely to succeed with this concept. This company was responsible for the Ian Callum Jaguar Mark 2 car – featuring modernized shock absorbers, brakes, an attractive cabin, and a 4.2-liter V8 from the XK8 model.

As a result of Gauntlett putting an end to the undertaking, the distinction of being the very first manufacturing car to reach 200mph ultimately belonged to the Ferrari F40.

Provided the success of Classic Motor Cars, they can assert that the Bulldog iscapableof achieving higher speeds compared to two of Aston Martin’s models. TheDBXhas a peak velocity of 181 mph, whereas the Vantage V8 summons up a maximum speed of 195 mph. As contrary to these, the wedge shape Bulldog is more potent, engineered with a dual-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 600 horses and 500 lb-ft of torque.

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