The Aston Martin Bulldog concept car will return to the track once again in a bid to hit the golden 200 mph mark some forty years after it was first attempted.
Styled by the same man responsible for Aston Martin’s DBS, Minissima, Microdot and the Hustler amongst others, the eccentric William Towns also brought us code name DP K901, the ultimate supercar equipped with its futuristic gull-wing doors in 1979.
Whilst the company had aspirations big enough to build a car that was capable of cracking the 200mph barrier, it was in 1981 when Victor Gauntlett became chairman that those dreams went up in a puff of smoke as the new boss decided to shelve the project as it was too costly and could never be viable – the rest, as they say, is history.
The road-going dart-like supercar is powered by a mid-mounted 5.3 litre V8 and assisted by a pair of Garrett twin-turbos which led to claims by the luxury automaker that their beloved Bulldog was capable of reaching an eye-watering 237 mph, with an acceleration time of 0-100mph in a blistering 10.1 seconds, making it the fastest production car of its time.
Fast forward some 40 years and the car is currently being fully restored and meticulously prepared by Classic Motor Cars (CMA), in preparation for another attempt at reaching the magic 200 mph mark after previously falling short by some 9 mph.
The car is well on the way to being restored and CMC will have it running by the end of the year. We will then attempt the record that never was. A critical part of this was finding the right driver for the job and someone that could get involved in overseeing the final elements of the project, in terms of setting up and testing.
I am delighted that Darren Turner who has been an Aston Martin works and high-performance development driver for more than 15 years has agreed to join the team.
Aston Martin factory driver, Darren Turner is said to be thrilled at the opportunity to rewrite the history books in the ‘one-off’ Bulldog, which is now nearing the end of an 18-month nut and bolt restoration program at the Bridgenorth workshops.
I had heard of the legend of Bulldog from within Aston Martin and when news started to filter out about the car being restored to go for the 200mph target, I thought that was such a cool thing to do.
I was following the story and thinking that it would be great to be involved in. When I was asked to drive it I didn’t need to be asked twice! I really appreciate being asked and I’m looking forward to becoming part of the story of bringing Bulldog back to life and finally achieving what it set out to achieve all those years ago.