Built in 1957, only two Aston DBR2s were ever made. A larger capacity version of the DBR1, it could only compete in a few races where it had very little success, most notably being driven to a couple of sports car racing victories by Stirling Moss. The original car ended up with different bodywork and disappeared into a private collection some time ago, while the second vehicle, the DBR2/2 was sold at auction recently for $2.9 million and won the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance's People's Choice award.
Now, American firm Rizk is recreating the DBR2 with an aluminum honeycomb/carbon fiber monocoque chassis, fully adjustable independent suspension, bespoke interiors and a choice of classic Jaguar engines or even a modern, fuel-injected 6.2-liter Corvette engine.
When we say "space age technology" we really mean it. If the carbon/aluminum chassis isn't enough for you, there's also NASA Aerogel heat insulation under the hood, body panels are made from a carbon fiber/Nomex composite and the seats are modeled after Herman Miller's famous Aeron chair.
But it's not that technology that we're so excited about. It appears that Rizk has struck the right mix of the classic and the modern. Ignore the ‘Vette engine for a moment and focus instead on the 4.2-liter Jaguar straight-six with triple SU carbs, 265 HP and 257 Lb-Ft of torque. Power goes to the skinny rear cross-plys without the aid of traction or stability control, meaning the driving experience should be totally in-line with that of the classic car, only elevated by the newly found chassis stiffness and safety. No word on how much this is all going to cost, but can you really put a price on this level of classic looks and driving experience combined with the most advanced modern technology? [Rizk Autovia Autocar]