This new beast is in for the competition and it will have not only huge wheels, but also a very powerful 1100 horsepower engine.
It’s April Fool’s day and, as usual, car makers have got their chuckle muscles on parade to hit you with a tickling stick and prove what jolly chaps they really are. And this time it’s the British company Aston Martin.
You might think that a brand like Aston Martin, that trades on its heritage and so-cool-it-hurts image, would be above indulging in traditional April 1st tomfoolery. And you’d be wrong.
The brand’s April 1st, 2018 press release announced Project Sparta, a new race programme to run alongside Aston’s current F1 and FIA World Endurance Championship efforts. That’s right, Aston Martin would have us believe that it’s entering a V12, 1,100bhp monster truck in the US-based Monster Jam series.
Named after the ancient Greek province, which was known for its uncompromising fighters, this monster will not take prisoners" - the British say.
AML say they have been developing the DBX Monster Truck alongside the regular DBX (the big-wheeled beast is designed to do battle with the giants of the monster truck world, including Grave Digger, Big Kahuna, Ice Cream Man and Jailbird) and it is set to take the Monster Jam Series on from 2019 or maybe it won’t, with plans to destroy the competition with their 6.5 litre V12 from the Valkyrie planted under the bonnet.
Supposedly built for a customer by Aston’s Q Division, the Monster Truck will be driven by three times Le Mans winner Darren Turner. Speaking about the latest creation showcasing the capabilities of Aston’s Q division, Turner said:
Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a real thrill last year, but when I heard about this opportunity I just couldn’t say no. I hope the guys line up a great selection of cars for me to tear apart, because I’m sure this monster truck will really do the business.”
If you’re wondering about those lime green accents applied on the jacked-up body, these are a nod to the aforementioned Valkyrie AMR Pro. As for the Wales flag, it’s obviously a connection to the place of birth of the DBX where the crossover is scheduled to enter production at some point in 2019 at a former military site currently being converted into a manufacturing facility.
If you've gotten this far down the piece and not yet realised that this is an April Fools gag, well, have we got news for you... Still, have a look at the cartoon image and maybe there's a small hint in there of what the actual production DBX will look like (minus the monster truck wheels, of course).