HBH Bulldog GT revealed - based on the V12 Vantage

Bulldog GT by HBH 4.11.2011
Bulldog GT by HBH 4.11.2011

Has a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph)

Following a teaser earlier this year, HBH has revealed the Bulldog GT.

Based on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, the supercar has an aluminum body, a dual exhaust system and 19- / 20-inch forged alloy wheels.

Power comes from a mid-mounted, twin-supercharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that develops 675 PS (496 kW / 666 hp) and 756Nm (548 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).

There's no word on pricing, but whoever buys the Bulldog GT will also receive a 50% stake in the car's design and production rights. This way, the owner can decide if he wants to keep the vehicle a one-off or make a profit by allowing it to go into limited production.

If everything goes according to plan, HBH will complete the Bulldog's development over the next year and the first model should be ready by early 2013.

HBH introduces the Bulldog GT

Denmark is not a country that normally brings sports car manufacture to mind, but Jesper Hermann, Christian Brandt and Torben Hartvig could soon change all that. Their company, HBH, is planning a series of one-off supercars. The design of the first project: a mid-engined version of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage has now been finalized and has been christened ‘Bulldog GT'.

This is not HBH's first supercar project: the team developing the Bulldog GT prototype is the same team which designed the Zenvo ST 1 for Zenvo Automotive. But according to team member Christian Brandt, designing the Bulldog GT has been "a long, intense process".

The aim was to design a supercar that will appeal not only to Aston Martin owners, but also to supercar enthusiasts around the world. Brandt explains some of the challenges: "In other design projects where we started with a blank sheet of paper, the process was easier and faster, as there were so few limitations. However, in the case of this Aston-based supercar we had to respect everything from the brand and design heritage of Aston Martin, through to the demands of a 2012 supercar client. It has been a challenging process; but we know it was time well spent, getting every detail right."

HBH's Torben Hartvig takes up the story. "Since the first announcement was made, we have received only positive feedback - both from potential clients and from individuals who are interested in participating financially in the prototype development. We've spent a lot of time and money creating what we believe to be a fantastic supercar, and we are therefore willing to wait for the right partner to participate in the next phase."

The project began as a one-off, where the client would receive 50% of the design and production rights, together with the one unique car. The potential of expanding from a one-off prototype to small-series production was included as an option from the start, however, and is a challenge that HBH is ready to take on.

Torben Hartvig continues, "From the very beginning, we listened carefully to the market before deciding on the future of the Bulldog GT. As we see it, all possibilities are open: if a client only wants to make one car, only one will be produced. If there is a market for a small series, which we strongly believe there is, and the client would like us to produce a small series, then this is what we will do. We believe this project is an opportunity to be a part of automotive history and, at the same time, make a potentially good investment."

The prototype development is estimated to 12 months, with the first test drives provisionally scheduled for early 2013.

During the design phase, the HBH engineering team has also been working on its plans to modify the chassis. As the vehicle is based on an existing car, the challenge here was to re-engineer the existing chassis to give the necessary supercar dynamics. Safety and crash aspects also had to live up to supercar standards.

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benzboy benzboy
I agree it is beautiful. I feel like I have seen these lines before, like a 1969 Mustang fastback, could be wrong, but oh well its still a hot looking auto.
Nov 7th, 2011 9:46am
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ClaudPipkin ClaudPipkin
I don't think AM's current styling is stale.......A DB9 would suit me just fine........It's just with the current technology I find mid-engine cars, for lack of a better term, passe'!......If you want a hign speed car to run on the track or up and on the motorways, then a mid-engine is the de rigueur...... The current GT's however with their set back front engines, 2 or 4 seat center and rear transaxles offer nearly the same top speeds, as good balance and as on the Ferrari FF useful rear carrying capacity.....While many might not finds this appealing sales figures show that many more do................
Nov 6th, 2011 5:48pm
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This is quite stunning to behold... anyway, why twin supercharged? is the V12 really that weak?
Nov 6th, 2011 5:03pm
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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
I love it. A beautifully balanced car with some class and without having to rely on extra wings and such to make an impact. I assume whoever buys this will comission a larger production run so as to make money as a stunner like this will sell itself.
Nov 6th, 2011 12:53pm
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norther norther
a top speed of only 300 kmh, with satan's hp of 666? i think this beauty deserves more speed. im also curious how the company can offer 50% stake in the car's design and production rights. if 300 people buy the car, that is 50x300... the company wiil be left with, what?
Nov 5th, 2011 8:35pm
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dtrump dtrump
really rather nice! the only people I suspect who wont like this is aston martin themselves, now they have to make their next truly new car significantly better then this. tough job
Nov 5th, 2011 5:00pm
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progressive progressive
Apsolutely perfect design.
Nov 5th, 2011 3:09pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
On the one hand, some startup company doesn't know better than Aston Martin, and this is unlikely to be a better car in many respects. On the other hand, DAT BODY. I'd like it to stay a gorgeous one-off.
Nov 5th, 2011 3:01pm
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teXas teXas
I see an unoriginal, uninspiring and stale Aston Martin design stretched over a mid engine platform, with an R8 rear end. The most notable element of a good modern Aston Martin is it's long nose and rearward canopy. As for performance, it promises to keep up with an AMG sedan. I'm sorry, but this is garbage.
Nov 5th, 2011 12:18pm
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I agree, this could easily be mistaken for aston martins attempt at a mid-engined supercar.
Nov 5th, 2011 11:55pm
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wcfbiggestfan wcfbiggestfan
Couldn't agree more!!!
Dec 8th, 2011 12:33am
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Stiivu Stiivu
Absolutely fabulous, but isn't this something that Aston Martin should be making, rather than making cars that are very good, but all look the same?
Nov 5th, 2011 11:12am
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nederinaa nederinaa
Wow! Ferrari Testarossa! Can they convert a 599 to a mid engine?
Nov 5th, 2011 8:24am
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sideskraper sideskraper
Absolutely stunning!
Nov 5th, 2011 5:37am
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kjmdesign kjmdesign
Couldn't agree more!!!
Nov 5th, 2011 6:48am
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