Phew! As promised - we're back! And again it took us over a week... anyway, to all our patient fellows we proudly present this brand-new MOC.
About this creation
Aston Martin has unveiled one of the most eagerly anticipated convertibles of the year when the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster was revealed at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday 29th November, 2006.
Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car that heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling driving experience.
"The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster adds to the unbeatable thrill of open air motoring and by combining engineering excellence, technological innovation and physical perfection, will ensure every journey is one to remember."
Perfectly proportioned, with a low purposeful stance, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is uncompromisingly modern yet also incorporates classic Aston Martin design cues. The elegant lines are fused with traditional craftsmanship and striking 21st century style, with an interior hand-trimmed and finished in the finest quality genuine materials.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster will be built at Aston Martin's global headquarters at Gaydon, near Warwickshire in the UK, joining the current Aston Martin line-up. This now comprises the flagship Aston Martin Vanquish S, the elegant Aston Martin DB9 and the agile Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe.
The design of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is elegant and uncompromising, a single fluid form with characteristic attention to detail, both inside and out, representing the open sports car in its purest form.
The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster represents the latest evolution of Aston Martin's synthesis of craft and technology. From the beautifully hand stitched leather seats to the hand-finished bodies, to the ultra-modern Aston Martin V8 engine, hand-assembled at a dedicated, high-technology facility in Cologne, Germany, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is an exclusive, advanced and uniquely desirable sports car.
The three-layer fabric hood gives a taut, aggressive appearance when closed and when folded, the flow from front to rear is smooth and elegant, enhanced by the leather speed humps that create a unique transition between interior and exterior. Even in convertible form the Roadster retains the critically acclaimed design of the Vantage Coupe. The hood is stowed neatly beneath the rear tonneau cover and is either opened or closed at the press of a button located on the centre console, in just 18 seconds, and at speeds of up to 30mph (50km/h) with no manual intervention required.
Offered with an imaginative combination of different leathers, contemporary fabrics and aluminium, Aston Martin Vantage Roadster customers will have an extensive choice of body and trim colours from which to choose.
Developed from the outset alongside the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe which was launched in 2005, the Roadster shares the unique-to-Aston Martin bonded aluminium VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture - the backbone to all modern Aston Martins. Adding to this structure, sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and advanced composites are used for the body, further contributing to the car's low weight and high rigidity.
Driver and passenger sit low, close to the car's centre of gravity, where they can feel the car reacting to the input of the driver - a special sensation, usually only experienced in racing cars - providing a direct and sporting connection between car and driver.
Despite the additional mechanism associated with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster's convertible roof and the additional body stiffness, Aston Martin's engineering team have ensured only a minimal weight increase to preserve the agile and sporting characteristics of the V8 Vantage Coupe. At just 4.38 metres (172.5 in) long, Aston Martin Vantage Roadster remains not only the smallest model in the Aston Martin range but also one of the leanest cars in its class.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster delivers exceptional performance with careful development and engineering ensuring that the Roadster equals the achievements of its Coupe sibling, with 0-100km/h (62mph) achieved in 5.0 seconds (0-60mph in 4.9 seconds) and a potential maximum speed of 280km/h (175mph).
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster will be available with two transmission alternatives from launch. Offered as standard is the fast-shifting, six-speed Graziano conventional stick-shift manual gearbox, with ratios perfectly matched to the performance of the V8 engine. This is joined by Aston Martin's new Sportshift automated manual transmission - an ultra-quick system that provides the driver with heightened precision via fingertip control of gear changes using paddles to progress smoothly and swiftly through the ratios.
Beside the doors, hood and trunk we also have an opening glove box...
...and a center console shelf.
The very first time we have a proper RHD - with a weird hand brake position. Here we favored to retain the classic stick shifted gearbox against what Aston martin calls "Sportshift"
Although it is a high-performance sportscar, the V8 vantage Roadster provides a spacious trunk for your extended weekend luggage, a golf bag or a pair of umbrellas - finally it's a British car and thus it's customized for British needs, right?
On the opposite side of the umrella compartment we find an even larger opening hatch, revealing a powerful heart...
So, that's it. We hope you enjoyed your tour and will be amused. OK, we surely have one more show-off picture... TA-DAH!
Last but not least: this one is a MOC by Sven
Oh wait... What?
Not satisfied at all? Dang, maybe another teaser will please you??? Yes? Here you are:
Yes! Finally another creation from you guys, and it is a beauty! Nice job with the curves in the front of the car, and capturing the distinctive Aston Martin look. Very well done, It's great to have you back!
Wow, that' great! Shaping, interior, engine, everything. My favourite part is the microphone used for the shifting stick. My favorite design element is the round corner on the front: Excellent use of the round slopes there! Great job! :-))
Yahh you nailed it! the front is awesome! the back is awesome! my only criticism are the sides because the real car has more contour on the sides but it is so minute that i don't think you can recreate it in lego. but still an amazing job. i surely cant do any better!
This is amazing! Probably the best Aston in Lego, since I've never seen any others. So many cool details and the shaping is spot on brilliant. It has the perfect look to it, all the right goodies, and the front is shiny. Alone I'd give it 5/5, but then I scrolled down to find... More Aston Martins!?!? *Faints*
Amazing! the real ones make the best noise I have ever heard from a car! I liked your idea of giving a cryptic picture, and making people guess! If its alright, I decided to do it myself, with my next car, as I am waiting for some new heel rims for it :) 5/5
amazing every little detail is correct! and my guess is that the next car is a coupe version, of maybe modified to be a working convertible?
well i have to disagree with sssw because the ford gt is the hardest car to build with legos, but this is still perfect!
Now this is great. The teaser photo excited me, but it looks even better after seeing the whole car. Its gorgeous! Simply because Astons are probably the most difficult car to build in lego, and you have captured the lines so perfectly, this is the best car on the mocpages, ever. Its just so perfect.. Blue was a great choice of colour, too. It really suits it. Love this, it couldn't be any better! But whats that.. It looks like a Vantage coupe of some sort.. I cannot wait!
Great MOC, Sven! I really adore the front and rear especially. The front is shaped perfectly, as is the rear. It has a very pretty rear to be sure. I like how the sides are slightly curved on the lower areas, something that very few LEGO cars feature. A properly brilliant creation. 5/5 PS I can't wait for your guy's next post! -LB Jr.