1957 Aston Martin DBR4

After a four year development program, Aston Martin launched the DBR4 in 1959. It was their first and only grand prix car.

The chassis and engine of the car were similar to that of the DB3S.

Aston Martin experienced a breif and unsuccessfull grand prix effort in 1959. It was short race season, with DBR4s appearing at every second grand prix race. Little success was achieved by the DBR4 or DBR5 with a revised 80 degree head. It is important to note that the companies’ first year in Grand Prix was developmental. Outright victory is rare for a newcomer.

With good talent behind the wheel, Aston Martin cancelled the single seater program in 1960. They did so to focus on their grand touring program.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineTwin Spark, Inline-6
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC w/2 Valves per Cyl
displacement2493 cc / 152.1 in³
bore83 mm / 3.27 in
stroke76.8 mm / 3.02 in
power186.4 kw / 250.0 bhp @ 7800 rpm
specific output100.28 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
front tires5.50×16
rear tires7.00×16
front brakesUnassisted Girling Discs
f brake sizex 318 mm / x 12.5 in
rear brakesUnassisted Girling Discs
r brake sizex 292 mm / x 11.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Damper Untis
r suspensionDe Dion Axle w/Trailing Arms, Torsion Bars
wheelbase2362 mm / 93.0 in
front track1308 mm / 51.5 in
rear track1308 mm / 51.5 in
transmissionDavid Brown CG537 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1