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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Bulldog had wanted to complete its unfinished record

Indeed, the Bulldog was a fairly unique name to be pinned on a supercar. Especially for a supercar made by Aston Martin, where usually this British manufacturer always names its production cars with more exclusive one.
The Aston Martin Bulldog experimental supercar while on the restoration process at the Classic Motor Cars workshop in Bridgnorth, England. (Picture from: Otoblitz)
Perhaps this is an exception, when the British manufacturer in the end of 1970s took part in a kind of "competition" among the world's automotive manufacturers to create a supercar capable of breaking the 200 mph speed limit.
The Aston Martin Bulldog experimental supercar featured with gull-wings doors and is built intended to pass the 200 mph speed limit back in the end of 1970s. (Picture from: IconWheels)
Well, as we know that in the 1980s the top speed of 200 mph was still hard to achieve, but that's what then made Aston Martin become interested in building a supercar capable of breaking the 200 mph speed limit through one-off supercar concept called the Aston Martin Bulldog.
The Aston Martin Bulldog while on restoration at Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth, England posed along with the project leader Nigel Woodward (right) and workshop Director Tim Griffin (left). (Picture from: BlackXperience)
This ruthless-name supercar born by the design of William Towns, who also did the wedge-shaped design on the Lagonda, the Bulldog is an aggressive mid-engine supercar with an angular design and gullwing-doors style. The supercar's drivetrain embedded in this project is a 5.3 liter twin-turbo V8 engine that is ready to burst power of 700 hp. That's numbers are probably a very large power output at that time.
The Aston Martin Bulldog experimental supercar cabin featured with the modern expression layout of the 1980s. (Picture from: IconWheels)
The British automaker is very confident that the engine will carry the Bulldog to exceed the 200 mph speed limit, and will use the fastest production car of its time. But, what happened next was very dissapointed, due to the Bulldog only capable reached average top speeds of 191 mph on the MIRA test track in 1979. Furthermore, the project was canceled by Aston Martin's chairman, Victor Gauntlett before Aston Martin Bulldog concept reached its goal due to exorbitant developing and operating costs of the car.
The Aston Martin Bulldog experimental supercar is powered by a 5.3 liter twin-turbo V8 engine that is ready to burst power of 700 hp. (Picture from: ClassicMotorCars)
Now, more than 40 years later, the British automaker announced the Aston Martin Bulldog concept is ready to make amends for its failure to fulfill its destiny. This one-of-a-kind prototype is undergoing a complete its 18-month restoration at Classic Motor Cars.
Now, more than 40 years later, the British automaker announced the Aston Martin Bulldog concept is ready to make amends for its failure to fulfill its destiny to break the 200 mph speed limit. (Picture from: EVO)
The Bulldog restoration process was supervised directly by Victor Gauntlett's son, Richard Gauntlett. The project progress is going very well and Gauntlet is confident that the one-off supercar concept will be ready to go by the end of the year before it goes on record trials.

The testing will be carried out by Aston Martin's factory test driver, named Darren Turner, who is also involved in overseeing the final preparation and testing phase of the Bulldog breaking record project. 
At this time, the British automaker has not revealed yet when its Bulldog concept car would try once again its 200 mph breaking record efforts, but if all goes well, the record breaking test could be carried by the end of this year. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ICONWHEELS | CLASSICDRIVERS | CLASSICMOTORCARS | GOODWOOD ]
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