Based on the DBX, but with power coming from the Valkyrie AMR Pro.
If you thought the DBX had a generous ground clearance, wait until you see this. Aston Martin’s very first crossover has received the monster truck treatment, but with a twist. Hiding underneath that menacing body is actually the powertrain borrowed from the Valkyrie AMR Pro, a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 part of a hybrid setup developing a monstrous 1,100 horsepower.
Joining Aston Martin’s WEC and F1 efforts, the DBX-based Project Sparta will have to tackle an entirely different competition as it will enter the Monster Jam series in the United States from next year. It was created by the company’s Q bespoke division and this the only one to be built “for one very special customer,” of course.
As per the owner’s special request, Project Sparta will be in the hands of three times Le Mans winner and Aston Martin Racing Works driver Darren Turner. He will take part in all Monster Jam events scheduled for 2019 with a monster truck named after the famous Ancient Greek province. Speaking about the latest creation showcasing the capabilities of Aston’s Q division, Turner said:
“Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a real thrill last year, but when I heard about this opportunity I just couldn’t say no. I hope the guys line up a great selection of cars for me to tear apart, because I’m sure this monster truck will really do the business.”
If you’re wondering about those lime green accents applied on the jacked-up body, these are a nod to the aforementioned Valkyrie AMR Pro. As for the Wales flag, it’s obviously a connection to the place of birth of the DBX where the crossover is scheduled to enter production at some point in 2019 at a former military site currently being converted into a manufacturing facility.
Source: Aston Martin
Gallery: Aston Martin Project Sparta
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Sunday 1 April, Gaydon: Aston Martin has delivered shockwaves in the motorsport world, after unveiling its latest competition-crushing monster truck programme – ‘Project Sparta’.
In what was already set to be a landmark year of motorsport for the luxury British marque, its entry into the monster truck world adds even more excitement for fans worldwide, on top of both Aston Martin’s Formula One and FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.
Project Sparta, which has been engineered in parallel with the brand’s upcoming DBX SUV, is set to wreak havoc in the Monster Jam series from 2019, taking on some of the world’s biggest names including Grave Digger, Big Kahuna, Ice Cream Man and Jailbird. Named after the Ancient Greek province, famous for its battlefield warriors, this monster will take no prisoners.
Developed under the guidance of David King, Vice President Special Operations Officer & President of Aston Martin Racing, Project Sparta will utilise the same 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 designed for the recently unveiled Valkyrie AMR Pro producing 1,100bhp.
The project is yet another example of the marque’s ‘Q by Aston Martin Commission’ capabilities and remains a unique build for one very special customer.
Under the customer’s request, three times Le Mans winner and Aston Martin Racing Works driver Darren Turner will compete in all Monster Jam events in 2019.
Turner said, “Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a real thrill last year, but when I heard about this opportunity I just couldn’t say no. I hope the guys line up a great selection of cars for me to tear apart, because I’m sure this monster truck will really do the business”.