Clare's 2007 V8 Vantage

[Under construction]

The basics

I bought this car sight-unseen from a guy out in Texas, and it's been a story ever since. Since Clare drives this most of the time, I generally consider it her car while the grey one is mine (any lawyers reading this: I mean it in terms of normal usage, not ownership!). The car is completely stock except for a few cosmetic things, so we're using it as a baseline for testing the differences between a standard V8 Vantage, and a highly modified one - my grey car. After those tests are complete, we'll do doing a whole bunch of work on this car!

2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Rosso Corsa paint (Ferrari red)
Obsidian Black leather with red stitching
4.3L V8 with manual transmission


Redpants Oil catch can (brushed stainless)
Redpants Air box delete brackets
Porterfield R4-S brake pads
BC Forged RT50 wheels
Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
Clear tail lights
Shorty antenna
LED map lights


VelocityAP High-flow catalytic converters
VelocityAP 'Sport' muffler
VelocityAP Engine tune
Redpants Lightweight battery kit
Redpants High-flow intake filters
BC Forged RZ39 wheels
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires
Wilwood 2-piece brake rotors

The Build

This car suffered through some neglect before we got it. The FEAD belt was in tatters, and the issue had been covered (well, a cover-up was attempted and failed) by someone spraying anti-squeal all over the crank pulley.

The brake rotors were all worn well beyond their service limits, and the rear pads were nearly down to the backing plates. As if to add insult to injury, when we changed the pads we found the anti-squeal compound they used had effectively glued the pads into the calipers. Way worse than the brakes, though, were the tires.

Tires are an incredibly important part of a car - not just for performance, but also for safety. The tires on this car were in terrible shape. In addition to a nail in one tire and a plug in another, all four tires were suffering from dry rot.

You can see the cracks in the rain channels pretty easily - not a good sign. And the worst of them was the left rear, which had a massive crack right on the shoulder of the tire. That could have easily blown out on us. Let's be clear: tire age can be just as important as tread wear. It doesn't matter how much tread you have if the tire is cracking apart!