The Aston Martin One-77 hypercar has moved one step closer to setting a new benchmark for the brand after comfortably breaking the 200mph (322km/h) barrier during high speed testing.
In a series of test runs, the One-77 exceeded original expectations by recording a top speed of 354.86km/h in dry but windy conditions under the guidance of the Aston Martin engineering team.
The car is currently undergoing the final stages of its stringent development process ahead of its planned launch in 2010.
Powered by a new Aston Martin 7.3-litre V12 engine, the One-77 has been designed to be the ultimate expression of what Aston Martin stands for and will combine modern technology and design with ultimate exclusivity to create the world’s most desirable automotive art form.
The two-door, two-seat supercar utilises an innovative new carbon fibre monocoque body structure for supreme rigidity and performance and also adopts new active aerodynamic technology.
As its name would suggest, production is limited up to a maximum of 77 individually numbered examples, with deliveries expected to commence in mid-2010.
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