Aston One-77: on track
Posted: 28 May 2012
The One-77 has a myriad of highly creative engineering touches. Engine air travels from the air filter box to each side of the engine through the carbon-fibre chassis, inside an upper member of the front body structure. And Porritt draws me a diagram to show how air for cooling the alternator, aircon and brakes, passes through three separate channels within the chassis. And those evil-looking intakes on either side of the nose aren't just for show - they feed the engine its air, and have the further effect of stabilising air running down the side of the car. And that's just one aspect of the aero model, which runs right back to the deployable rear wing and the shuttering on the rear radiators. And we haven't even mentioned the car's double-wishbone suspension and how that works with the carbon-ceramic brakes and everything else. ‘Complex' doesn't really cover it.