Rich’s 2007 V8 Vantage

My first Aston Martin, I bought this car in 2011 from a couple in Tampa, FL, who are now extremely close friends. It had been used to develop and test the prototypes for RSC Tuning's products way back in the day (that company has since changed hands, and one of the lead guys from the original group, Stuart, moved on to create VelocityAP).

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THE BASICS

2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Mercury Silver paint
Phantom Grey leather with silver stitching
4.3L V8 with manual transmission

Current weight reduction: ~170 lbs
Current horsepower: 430+ bhp

MODIFICATIONS

Redpants oil catch can
Redpants air box deletes
Redpants lightweight battery kit
Redpants Widepants 19" BC Forged RZ05 wheels
Redpants TPMS fault defeat
Wilwood 2-piece brake rotors
Hawk HPS 5.0 brake pads
Motul RBF660 brake fluid
Motul Gear 300 75w90 gear oil
Motul X-Power 8100 10w60 engine oil
VelocityAP twin-plate clutch and lightweight flywheel
VelocityAP Engine tune
VelocityAP headers with EGR delete
RSC Tuning high-flow cats (prototypes)
RSC Tuning muffler (prototype)
H&R lowering springs
VCollection carbon fiber front lip
Aston Martin Racing GT4 front bumper fascia
Aston Martin Racing GT3 lightweight front bumper beam and mesh grille
Aston Martin Racing GT4 carbon fiber side sills
Aston Martin carbon fiber fender vent strakes
Aston Martin V12 Vantage hood with carbon fiber and mesh inserts
Aston Martin black wings badges
Aston Martin black window surround trim
Aston Martin ROW rear bumper
Aston Martin N420 carbon fiber rear diffuser
Aston Martin alcantara steering wheel and shift knob
Aston Martin carbon fiber gearshift surround
Shorty antenna
LED map lights
Aston Installations Infotainment Upgrade with front and rear cameras

PLANS

Cobra Nogaro seats with OEM paint on shell (currently being made)
GMR supercharger kit
Redpants lightweight lug nuts

The Build

The goal of this car is to bring out the sporty qualities of the V8 Vantage. That means more power and less weight. It's hard to explain the benefits of weight reduction to people because the automotive industry markets relentlessly with power output and mostly-meaningless 0-60s times. Not only that, but weight loss is a progressive route without a "magic bullet" modification to gain performance. There are modifications that will be more noticeable than others, but generally weight loss takes a lot of incremental changes to make a difference in a car.

The bottom line for my grey V8 Vantage is that it bucks the usual trend for an Aston Martin. It's low, it's loud, and it's covered in race car parts. But that isn’t to say the car has been ruined by modifications. Rather, it’s quite the opposite. The engine sings more easily and the reduced weight lets the car dance to the engine’s rhythm.

I’ve over-modified cars in the past and learned from my mistakes with those earlier cars. For example, I’ll never again remove power steering or air conditioning from a car. I don’t care what the weight savings or performance gains might be - I’m keeping my creature comforts.

My 2007 V8 Vantage has had a lot of changes and each was done with a goal in mind. Plus I’ve added a lot of functionality not offered by Aston Martin themselves. Check out the sections below to read more about the various parts I’ve installed, why I chose them, and how they’ve affected the car.