Aston Martin to debut DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the car’s exterior color has been matched to original masters created by Max Meyer & ICI.
Updated 12 June 2019
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Aston Martin to debut DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

The first Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation — part of the Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection — will make its public debut at the world’s most famous endurance motorsport event later this week — the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday and Sunday.

Breaking cover at Aston Martin’s VIP hospitality facility alongside the French circuit, the first complete DB4 GT Zagato Continuation — one of just 19 cars being made — will be on show throughout the 24-hour race.

The production model of this track-only sports car, the latest in Aston Martin’s Continuation program that began with the DB4 GT Continuation series in 2017, represents the culmination of around 4,500 hours of artisan craftsmanship.

As with all the Continuation cars, the Zagato has been created at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. 

Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the car’s exterior color has been matched to original masters created by Max Meyer & ICI, the paint suppliers for the original cars. Inside, the car is trimmed in Obsidian Black leather, which covers the pads in the carbon fiber race seats, door cards, headliner and rear environment. Black Wilton carpets bound in Obsidian Black leather trim cover the floor, stitched in matching Obsidian Black thread.

The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-liter version of the straight-six cylinder petrol engine found in the DB4 GT Continuation and, in this guise, is producing in excess of 390 bhp. This is transmitted to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.

Originally built to race against the might of Ferrari in the 1960s, the DB4 GT Zagato was a thoroughbred machine. 

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO, said: “The development and successful creation of this latest Continuation car is an achievement that should not be underestimated. Indeed, it could well be argued that we are making history with these new cars. 

“Celebrating our brand’s deep and enduring partnership with Zagato in this, their landmark year, by launching the DBZ Centenary Collection has been a mammoth undertaking and I’m personally extremely proud of the results in the shape of this new DB4 GT Zagato.” 

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, said: “Like Andy, I’m incredibly proud of what the team have achieved in making the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation a reality.

“After the unprecedented success of the DB4 GT Continuation cars, we are once again bringing to life the stuff of Aston Martin folklore.”

The DBZ Century Collection will be priced at 6 million pounds ($7.6 million) plus taxes. First deliveries to customers will commence in Q3 2019 for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and in Q4 2020 for the DBS GT Zagato.


Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

Updated 26 June 2019
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Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

DUBAI: China’s Tencent Games has chosen Dubai as regional headquarters for its Middle East and North Africa operations, with Dubai Internet City housing the gaming giant’s office.

Tencent Games was launched in 2003 and has since grown into a global platform for game development, publishing and operation. Its ownership stakes and alliances with many major video game companies includes Fornite, Ubisoft, Activision-Blizzard, Riot Games, Supercell and Take-Two Interactive Software.

The opening of Tencent Games’ regional headquarter is an indication of increased activities in the local and regional games industry which covers digital entertainment, education and cultural experiences, a statement said.

According to market research firm Newzoo, the revenue of the UAE games sector is estimated at $324 million (1.2 billion dirhams) in 2019. Furthermore, over 80 percent of smartphone users in the UAE play mobile games, it said.

The UAE has the highest mobile penetration rate in the world at 173 per cent – nearly double the country’s population, according to a report by Statista released in late 2018. This is a considerable figure and represents a wealth of opportunities for game developers, with revenues from mobile games representing more than half the income generated in the entire industry.

“Gaming moves beyond entertainment and is increasingly used to engage and educate, and as more gamers and creative enthusiasts enter the industry, we can certainly expect the market to develop rapidly in the coming years,” Ammar Al-Malik, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City said.

Vincent Wang, general manager of the Global Publishing Department at Tencent Games, said: “The UAE’s high mobile and internet penetration is an extremely encouraging indicator for tech firms across the world, and is especially relevant to the global games industry.”