Aston Martin’s Design Studios in December 2007, the unique Vantage RS concept was revealed by CEO Dr Ulrich Bez and resulted in a rush of customer interest and orders placed. Here was Aston Martin’s smallest car with their biggest and most powerful engine installed.
The concept utilised the aluminium VH chassis architecture and in this instance, was fitted with an Aston Martin Racing supplied C-Spec DBRS9 engine utilising dry sump lubrication and highly specified components including tuned length exhaust manifolds, forged pistons and strengthened steel con-rods, with revised lift and duration camshafts and modified cylinder heads. This extraordinary power is transmitted through a manually operated 6-speed trans axle with limited slip differential. Bodied in aluminium and carbon fibre panels, some unique to the Vantage RS concept, the car included carbon interior fixtures and fittings, Alcantara trim and exclusive lightweight materials, still fitted. The total weight of under 1500kg