Aston’s 380kph supercar… that never was

Built as a concept car in 1980, Project K.901 - or ‘Bulldog' - was designed to show off the capabilities of Aston Martin's then new external engineering facility at Newport Pagnell. It was going to be the fastest car... in the world.

Well, in Britain and Europe. You see, underneath that controversially wedge-shaped exterior, sketched out by William Towns - the same man who designed the brutish, original Aston DBS from the 60s and the Lagonda - sat the heart of Godzilla. It proudly sported an Aston Martin 5.3-litre V8, mounted in the middle, with a pair of Garrett AirResearch turbochargers strapped to its considerable banks that produced in excess of 700bhp.