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
In what feels like bare minutes, the sun starts to freefall out of the sky, bathing the scenery in the red-gold blush of a dying day. It's been six hours. In that time, I've only covered about 50 miles in the One-77, but it's just about enough to give a flavour of what is a very complex proposition. Justin is only a third of his original size, previously skin-tight clothing now baggy, previously skin-tight skin now sagging like a bearded, albino Yoda. Charlie has gained the kind of bronze tint associated most readily with aftersun and skin grafts. And I am left kicking stones around in the desert and trying to figure out how I feel about the One-77.
Is it worth over a million quid? For me, no. Not as a machine, at least. The carbon-heavy monocoque might well inform the next generation of Aston Martins, making them lighter and more efficient, and the design study for such limited production allows for more indulgence than a straight production car, but the gearbox, such a vital, involved part of the experience would drive me absolutely insane. Supercars don't have to be fragile these days - no matter how powerful - and the One-77 feels like it might not suffer the kind of abuse I'd want to throw its way.