Top Gear drives the Aston One-77
AM said no writer would drive its £1.2 million hypercar. We didn’t get the memo...
Posted: 15 Oct 2012
Luckily, we are with Mr Al Ketbi, for whom very little is impossible. Soon, I'm faced with a bare mile of freshly laid tarmac that winds through a series of excellent corners. Second and third gear, and I can almost forget about the gearbox, because the big Aston comes alive. It is not, however, the kind of experience you might expect, because the One-77 doesn't necessarily act like a mid-engined car capable of this pace. It's much more relaxed and less knife-edged, easier to understand and clearer in its messages. Turn into a corner and power through, and there's a remarkable lack of lean but no slack. The brakes, huge carbon-ceramics all-round, stop with feel and vengeance, scrubbing speed quickly and without drama. Push a bit harder, and the nose starts to gently, almost gracefully, push wide. Do daft stuff like lift mid-corner, and the One-77 merely tucks up and tightens where a traditionally mid-engined car would give you a warning wriggle at the very least.
And, of course, hit the throttle mid-corner with the traction off, and you can have oversteer on a pivot, but - being honest - I only did this once and got so terrified of crashing that I switched the traction back on and immediately retreated for a quiet moment on my own. Despite the genial appearances, this is still a 750bhp, rear-wheel-drive hypercar. One would be wise to respect that.