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World's Fastest Aston Martin Will Make Valkyrie Owners Jealous

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Wait until you find out how much horsepower it has under the hood.

With a combined output of 1,160 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque generated by a Cosworth-developed 6.5-liter V12 and electric motor, and F1-inspired aerodynamics, it’s safe to say the Aston Martin Valkyrie is one of our most anticipated new hypercars. When it arrives next year, it has the potential to set a new benchmark for street-legal hypercars, although it will face some stiff competition from the mighty Mercedes-AMG One.

But if you thought the Valkyrie's power output is insane, this custom Aston Martin has over double the power. What you’re looking at here is surely the fastest Aston Martin in the world.

It started life as a 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 but has been transformed into a drag-strip dominator that will make Valkyrie owners jealous. We’re used to seeing heavily modified Nissan GT-R’s set new quarter-mile records, but a vintage Aston Martin is an unusual sight on a drag strip.

Under the hood is a 568ci Big Block Chevy V8 engine with a huge 118-mm turbo that increases the output to around 2,500 horsepower. For comparison, the 5.3-liter V8 that originally powered the DBS V8 pumped out a comparatively modest 300 hp. As you would expect, these modifications have had a profound effect on the car's performance.

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Recently, the car’s owner, Mark Todd, brought the custom Aston to a drag racing event at Santa Pod Raceway. During the car’s first full run, Todd posted a quarter-mile time of 8.18 seconds at 172 mph. This was soon beaten by an even quicker run of 7.81 seconds at 179 mph.

If that wasn’t already impressive enough, one month later he smashed his previous record with a quarter-mile run of 6.93 seconds at an astonishing 202 mph. Did we also mention this 2,500-hp Aston Martin DBS V8 is street legal?

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