Aston Martin factory driver, Darren Turner is to attempt 200 miles an hour in the Aston Martin Bulldog concept car forty years after it was first tried. The Aston Martin Bulldog, styled by William Towns, is a one-off concept created in 1980 to prove that it was not only a small company of renowned motoring artisans but that it’s engineering prowess was also world class.
Aston Martin hoped that the car would be capable of over 200 miles per hour making it the fastest production car of its time. However, testing and development were curtailed with the car tantalisingly close to its design performance, having achieved 191 miles per hour in testing at MIRA when Victor Gauntlett became chairman of AML in 1981.
Last year the car was given to Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, to carry out an 18-month nut and bolt restoration of the famous car. Following this the owner plans to run the car at over 200 mph and then take it on a World tour. Overseeing the restoration, on behalf of the of the owner, is Richard Gauntlett, Victor Gauntlett’s son who grew up with the car and his father’s ambition of it becoming the fastest production car ever developed.