Jekyll And Hyde
Building a car that’s perfect for the track, yet still compliant for the road is a black art that few with the notable exception of the Porsche 911 have mastered. Aston Martin however may have also stumbled onto the magic formula with this split personality Vantage V8
I know the 4.692km Portimao racetrack in the Algarve region of Portugal fairly well having tested numerous GT and racecars there over the years and I love it.
It’s among the top three tracks alongside Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Mt Panorama, Bathurst in Australia, which, in my eyes, are all equally first with none better than the other.
I thought that I also knew the weather reasonably well too, that being fine and sunny every time I’ve been there, so the prospect of spending a good eight hours on track with the all-new, twin-turbocharged, V8 Aston Martin Vantage had me salivating for weeks in anticipation.
What I wasn’t prepared for was arriving at a damp and rain-soaked Algarve with thunderous black clouds overhead which had dumped buckets of rain over the region for 23 days straight.
With the sun peaking through and even a rainbow in the distance, I was hopeful things would get better as I didn’t want to be ‘the journo’ who’d go down in automotive writing folklore (ohh yes, we have one) as the one who binned a $150,000 Aston on a wet track in Portugal. [To be continued...]