Aston Martin’s V12 Zagato concept car has won the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes, leading to hopes that Aston Martin will release a road going version. Dr Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive of Aston Martin said: “Based on the reactions of our customers to this race car, we hope to offer a road-homologated Zagato in a small, limited number.”
Held on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, the Concorso D’Eleganza was the venue for the unveiling of the prototype, which is a modern interpretation of the legendary DB4GT Zagato. It was commissioned to celebrate 50 years since the original and generated huge interest from both visitors and customers.
Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite car and the Aston Martin Zagato faced stiff competition from nine other entries. Marek Reichman, Design Director of Aston Martin, said: “It is an honour to win this award in Italy, where many great designs originated from, and this victory shows that Aston Martin has successfully developed their own renowned design language over the past years. The result is a car that incorporates the core values of the Zagato design language which we perfectly translated into Aston Martin’s modern design DNA.”
Dr Bez said: “We are thrilled to see that this car conquered people’s hearts. With the V12 Zagato we managed to add just another successful chapter both to the history of Aston Martin and the future of our brand. This is an exciting car, powerful and incredibly beautiful.” Dr Bez is taking the car to the Nürburgring where it will have its racing debut on the 28th May in the ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race. He will lead a driver team that will eventually race two V12 Zagato cars at the Nürburgring 24 hour race on 25th/26th June.
“Nürburgring is where we sign-off every new model in terms of dynamics,” he said, “and there can be no better place for the new V12 Zagato to be finally tested. The 24-hour race is the ultimate road test and a fitting introduction for the Zagato.”