Aston said: no journalist sit behind the wheel of this hypercar. And we warn you forget …
The invisible event horizon stretches empty road – uncompromisingly direct, if an arrow. Wide black band shimmers in the desert, breaking into a shifting haze in the distance. Around – plain. Empty and passionless, flat, only rippled rippling sand dunes, nametennyh sharp wind that smells of dust and antiquity …
Trains supercar Aston Martin One-77 can theoretically each. The only catch is that you must buy it first. A base price of membership in the club of 77 owners – nehily € 1,5 Mill. After Aston Martin said, as snapped: no journalist closer to the One-77. Machine – only for owners, exclusivity sensations which must not be diluted with writings in the press. And even after all of the One-77 have been sold, Aston Martin still would not let anyone who does not have a bottomless credit on the black “American Express”, go to the car.
Top Gear for it – that a red rag to a bull: whet. And after a year of negotiations, the fantastic promises, dubious layouts and disappointments we were on the Arabian peninsula in the company of a man named Abdullah Al-Ketbi, owner of the dealership giperdorogih wheelbarrows Al Ain Class Motors, and white One-77. He bought this car, so that we can ride on it. Yes, you read that right. A few months ago, Mr. Al-Ketbi said Charlie Turner, he has the One-77, and we can ride it. And then … got an offer he could not refuse. Then, so as not to tarnish his honor, he went out and bought another one, especially for pokatushek Top Gear. Al-Ketbi seems very serious about his word.
He is very seamless, physical and visual
So I put a rectangle of glass and aluminum (Aston Martin calls it ECU – Emotional Control Unit, but I do not understand their pathos) into the slot on the front panel and a moment later I heard the buzzing of the fuel pumps. Then – a shrill grunt starter, click and metal ryavkane V12. Finally, he inhaled deeply. First loudly roared, then moved on to a husky, business-like grunt, akin to what makes a racing car engine. And with all that, the sound uncannily soft and close. Exhaust pipe in the doorstep of your seat, not the vehicle. I press the R button at the top of the front panel and with extreme caution rent backwards, knowing that I was being closely watched by all, including the owner – Mr. Al-Ketbi.
Even the insulation on the back of the hood quilted amazingly accurate
The same applies to the chassis. The architecture of the One-77, there are recognizable elements, but have gone to outrageous area. Monocoque, for example, could be done on an aluminum platform VH, but it is molded from carbon fiber and built in collaboration with the Canadian Multimatic. Clad in aluminum panels, made by hand, causing the body to get an easy, durable and incredibly difficult to repair. Above the 7.3-liter V12 atmospheric conjured legendary Cosworth. He gives out 750 horses and 750 Nm. Despite the appearance of Ferrari F12, One-77 is the most powerful machine with an atmospheric engine in the world. The basic design of the engine is the same as that on the V12 DBS, but 80% of the parts here are new. He is 15% lighter, weighing only 260 kg. So kinship quite slim. Aspirated power of this car is quite enough, because, despite the impressive dimensions, it weighs only 1630 kg. And sure enough, on paper, the results are remarkable: from zero to a hundred in 3.7 seconds, and top speed – over 355 km / h.
Considering the One-77, you see that he is very solid – both physically and visually. In dazzling pearly white coloration it bright spot stands out from the desert, brushing on the hologram. And always notice something new. For example, there is a line running from the rear end lights on the belt line of the machine. She goes around the stern brackets on top of a single stretched taillights and back on another side to the second sample. Low, wide, brilliant GT, One-77 is considered the front-mid-engined car. In other words – with the motor in the base. The engine is placed in front of the driver, but it is located behind the front axle center line at 100 mm lower than other Aston, and within the wheelbase. Just you sit behind him.
Suspension – traditional double V-shaped levers with exotic coil springs with rods and racing shock absorbers with slide valves – inside the body. In fact, constructive One-77 like sticks through the skin: the rear window can be seen the suspension, and front springs and fully adjustable dampers stick in the middle of the engine compartment. Before the motor, which is so beautiful that it can be put in the gallery. However, it’s time behind the wheel.
The first few kilometers I only think that the One-77 is not as hard as it seems to mean. As a piece of titanium – on the eye weighty, and do not feel the weight. It is lightweight and sharp steering – just three turns from lock to lock. Until you get used to, it seems that the front wheels damn far. Still feel very good grip of the tires, because you sit close to the rear wheels. On the pavement covered with a layer of sand, it is very handy. Engine muscular, but at low rpm power is not amazing, and amazingly soft suspension for such a serious machine. Acceleration to a decent speed, and 130 kilometers in the mirror can be seen as rudimentary wing rises. And then keep your eyes open.
Aston Martin is not to blame. The roads here straight as an arrow, but the constant stream of cars with narrow gauge rails and knocked in a softened asphalt track. For machines with tires narrower – not a problem, but the One-77 shod in 335-mm tires on 20-inch forged wheels (rear and front – 255 mm). And the ruts in the car and goat hunts, jerking the steering wheel. In fact, the One-77 is not physically able to go straight anywhere except in the middle of the road. Marking exactly in the center of the bonnet, between the two pairs of grids. Now good! A sound – oh, what a sound! Active bypass valves alter the flow of gases in the exhaust pipes at about 4000 rev / min, and a solid V12 roar into sharp piercing shriek in full force. Pure note! Anyone will tell you that this is the sound supercars. As long as you push on the gas pulse quickens with every thousandth of a second. The car accelerates uncontrollably, even at high speed back pressed into the seat, there is almost no breaks. With a howl from the setting sun flying white One-77, bathed in orange rays, similar to amber spark from a burning fire on the horizon. It’s not just a car. Especially not here and not now.
WHEN HE start then woke me 12 year old
Of course, behind all this will be followed by a “but”, and very weighty. Soon I begin to understand why AM did not want journalists went to the One-77. A six-speed robotized mechanics (compared with the best in this segment of the samples) – to hell. I’m sorry to say this, but the Select Shift Manual in a mid-posterior arrangement and his fellow Auto Shift out of place on a machine at this price and the claim for advanced technology. This box is taken from the regular DB9, where she paddles with their ears, and even with the propeller shaft tube of magnesium alloy and carbon fiber cardan in addition it is not worthy of the rest of the One-77. Just three or four discreet turn in three doses car flashing lamp – overheated clutch. And much tearing switching, especially at the bottom. Compared with those to which we are accustomed, it lacks the finesse and subtlety of control.
You can drive carefully – then will not feel anything. Very helpful timely throttle and calculate the time jerking the ear, but at low speed box works very badly. Of course, we can say that we got a copy of chudinkoy, but no. I recognize inappropriate behavior Aston, and unfortunately, the last time I’ve seen on the Vanquish with the first shift paddles. On the first version of the machine clutch was changed every six and a half thousand kilometers …
POWER have long smooth waves
Pity, because the rest of the One-77 is exceptionally good. Little traction, but as outside about 50 ° C, I think the car is just not enough oxygen – in fact this car abandoned readily available capacity turbocharging. And he takes not as sharply as I thought. But it gives a long smooth wave energy, not a sudden collapse, as in a car with turbo. A sound deserves a separate discussion. I am delighted to immerse myself in the sound of the engine. Mr. Al-Ketbi surprisingly strong nerves: it simply allows us to go to his car in the desert, and the desert – a great stage for V12. In fact, I was so absorbed Zen Buddhist serenity of the landscape that I almost frightened to discover that has not passed a single turn. And nothing else has to think I can not. Oops.
We must remember that the One-77 is made to order, and unique suspension adjusted. If you already forked, you can order right or left wheel and suspension to your taste – from a cruiser to a fighter. Our car number 10 – soothing and gentle, so I want to know what he is cornering. That’s just for the foreseeable future – some intersections or arc length of a kilometer. In the desert there are no natural barriers that need to get, and planners acted without fancy, but practical.
Fortunately, contact Al Ketbi, for which it is impossible almost there. And soon I see before me a mile svezhepolozhennogo asphalt and chain superb turns. The second and third gear, and you can forget about the box: Senior Aston alive. But it’s not quite what I was expecting, because the One-77 goes not as a mid-engined car, capable of a speed. He is much calmer and not so sharp, it is easier to understand, he says clearly. But when you walk into a corner and you push the gas behaves collected and tough. Brakes huge carbon-ceramic, powerful, informative, speed clean quickly and without drama.
Pereberesh with the course, and the nose starts easily, almost gracefully go out. A fool – for example, throw gas in the middle of a bend – and the One-77 will meet and just shrink, while the traditional mid-engined car, at least, a warning Vilnet. And, of course, davanuv gas in turn switched off traction control, you can pick the car into a skid – but to be honest, I did it only once and was so frightened that once included traction control and made a break. Despite the good-natured look, it’s still a 750-horsepower, rear-drive hypercar.
Is it worth it for money? For me – no. Not like a machine, at least. With carbon monocoque useful in future generations AM. They will become easier and more economical, and a limited edition can work out in the design – it’s not a massive car. But the box is such an important, integral part of the experience, just driving me crazy. In addition, the One-77 will not stand if to drive it the way I want. Moreover, it infuriated me dergotnya in heavy traffic – the worse for him a place you will not find. But it seems to me that the purpose of the One-77 is not the only reason. Because perfection is not only expressed in tenths of a second. More important is that every time I approached him, I spiral breath. This is not the ultimate weapon for the track, but it is an expression of what aspires to be Aston. Drama, art, daring. History of the One-77 – a journey, not a destination. And I’m glad I went through with it at least part of the way.
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