Aston Martin go-kart takes Le Mans technology to Soapbox race
After successfully conquering the Le Mans 24-hour race, Aston Martin took a downsized V8 Vantage GTE to the Red Bull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace yesterday.
Named the '24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally', Aston's entry was professionally engineered to take on the downhill course and was modelled exactly to scale from the car that won the endurance race last month.
Although the go-kart wasn't powered by a screaming V8 or roaring V12, the mini V8 Vantage GTE took on the hill at the famous London landmark with pedigree in tow, as Aston Martin started out by producing cars especially for hill climbing.
As the Red Bull Soapbox Race isn't necessarily all about speed, with style and entertainment value just as vital to the result, the Vantage was well suited for all three.
After an impressive run down the hay-bale-lined course, the Aston Martin team scored enough point to finish in second place and gave the sell-out crowd an excellent spectacle.
In a tweet after the event, they said: "Thank you to @RedBullUK for inviting us to take part in the 2017 #RedBullSoapbox race, fantastic event and great fun."
Before the event, Aston Martin president David King said: "When taking on a challenge as big as this it is important to rally your troops and throw everything you've got at it. Aston Martin has enjoyed great on-track success with the V8 Vantage GTE so it was the obvious choice for the design of our soapbox entry. I don't think we'll be putting our race drivers in it though as we need them to be in one piece for their next World Endurance Championship race the following week!"
The event was won by the Brooklands Special team and also saw entries designed in the shape of a burrito, a dragon and a 50th birthday cake.