The owners of the doorstop-shaped Aston Martin Bulldog concept want to take it a step further to reach the vehicle’s estimated top speed, after it fell short when it was new in 1980.
According to Shropshire Star, the Bulldog was restored for 18 months by Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth, under the supervision of Richard Gauntlett, son of Victor Gauntlett, CEO of the company at the time the vehicle was built and tested.
The Bulldog came out in 1980 as a concept car with an advertised top speed of 237 miles per hour (381 km / h), a figure that seemed impossible at the time – and apparently was.
But it wasn’t for lack of trying. The Bulldog used a mid-mounted 5.3-liter twin-turbo V8 that pushed somewhere between 600 and 700 horsepower. For a car that looks like a piece of cheese, it has a drag coefficient of 0.34 – lower than a Bugatti Veyron, at 0.36, but still slightly higher than the McLaren F1, at 0.32.
Due to Aston Martin’s perpetual financial difficulty, full production was never achieved and a car made, along with an attempt to reach top speed.
With the restoration nearing completion, the current owner wants to bring the car to 200 mph (322 km / h), the initial goal never achieved for the concept. The best the car could do in the day was 191 miles per hour (307 km / h), which is still pretty impressive, even if it falls short of target.
The car will be driven by Aston Martin racing driver Darren Turner. “I had heard about the Bulldog legend within Aston Martin and when the news started to filter in on restoring the car to the 200mph target I thought it was one thing so cool to do, ”he said.