While it did appear to be an April fool render at first glance, its not. Aston Martin is indeed developing a monster truck challenger codenamed “Project Sparta”, in parallel with the brand’s upcoming DBX SUV.
The DBX SUV is being developed at St Athan, a former air base. Project Sparta “is set to wreak havoc” in the Monster Jam series from 2019, taking on some of the world’s biggest names including Grave Digger, Big Kahuna, Ice Cream Man and Jailbird. Named after the Ancient Greek province, famous for its battlefield warriors, this monster will take no prisoners, the company said.
So excited to be part of Project Sparta. Can’t wait to get my hands on the @astonmartin DBX Monster Truck and start testing for 2019 Monster Jam Series. #projectsparta #monsterjam 😁👊 https://t.co/wJw4AJc0jh pic.twitter.com/9PpKiBgcB8
— Darren Turner (@DarrenTurner007) April 1, 2018
Developed under the guidance of David King, Vice President Special Operations Officer & President of Aston Martin Racing, Project Sparta will have the same 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 designed for the recently unveiled Valkyrie AMR Pro producing 1,100 hp.
The project is yet another example of the marque’s Q by Aston Martin and remains a unique build for one very special customer, the company said.
Under the customer’s request, 3 times Le Mans winner and Aston Martin Racing Works driver Darren Turner will compete in all Monster Jam events in 2019.
Turner said, “Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a real thrill last year, but when I heard about this opportunity I just couldn’t say no. I hope the guys line up a great selection of cars for me to tear apart, because I’m sure this monster truck will really do the business”.