David Brown Automotive unveiled Speedback: its first stunning model
At an exclusive media briefing in London today, David Brown Automotive unveiled its unique handcrafted GT car for the first time. This exciting and highly anticipated new car, which is designed, engineered and hand-crafted in Britain, will be called Speedback: a name which reflects the elegant yet purposeful lines of the V8 powered sports coupé.
The realisation of a dream
Speedback remained at the venue in London over the weekend for viewing and will then travel to Monaco to be shown publicly for the first time at the exclusive Top Marques show, which runs at the Grimaldi Forum from 17th to 20th April. Speedback will be on display on stand F3 and the full team will be available to discuss the car, its specifications and to take orders during the event.
Company founder and CEO, David Brown has a long-standing background in engineering, vehicle manufacturing and an equally strong enthusiasm for both classic and contemporary cars (although he has no connection with either Aston Martin, its founder, Sir David Brown, or with the David Brown Group). With his concept for a classically styled GT car with modern mechanicals and reliability, he began to assemble his specialist team some two years ago.
He said: “The launch of Speedback is the realisation of a dream for me, and is the result of skilful and dedicated work by a team of highly talented designers, engineers and craftsmen. I am delighted at the reaction of the media, our suppliers, potential customers and friends, and I look forward to presenting the car to the public in Monaco”.
Speedback is the result of 18 months of hard work by the David Brown Automotive team, including highly-experienced Chief Designer, Alan Mobberley. Speedback, which has been engineered and handcrafted in Coventry, proudly uses traditional British materials and craftsmanship.
The Speedback name perfectly reflects the classic sports car tradition of the past, whilst also doing justice to the sophisticated silhouette of the car’s hand-built body and unique styling which features amongst much other detail, a fold-down picnic seat. Indeed, the Speedback looks like a carbon copy of a DB5 and boasts a fine British pedigree as did the famous DB5.
The Speedback got the same oval grille, spear-shaped front fenders, and stacked tail-lights that look like rocket exhausts. It’s all rendered in lightweight aluminum as well. The proportions are a little different though, because David Brown stretched the DB5′s styling over the modern chassis of a Jaguar XK.
Moreover, the Speedback promises exceptional performance and handling from the latest Jaguar 5 litre supercharged engine producing 507bhp and 461lb ft of torque. The Speedback gets from 0-62mph in a healthy 4.8 seconds, and will hit a shade more than 155mph.
“This car will appeal to anybody who desires a truly individual sports car, which can boast a fine British pedigree and which will only be produced in limited numbers, thus ensuring the kind of exclusivity associated with Britain’s once proud heritage of traditional, high-quality, automotive coach-building”, said David Brown.
The Speedback will make its public debut at the Top Marques show in Monaco, which begins April 20. Pricing will be announced at a later date, and the company only plans to build 50 of these cars per year.