The Aston Martin DBR5 was largely based on the DBR4, and used the same basic chassis and engine layout. Improvements were to make the DBR5 smaller and lighter, and engine modifications meant that the power output was finally close to the figure originally claimed by the Aston Martin workshop. The DBR5 also boasted all-independent suspension.
But when that car also failed to provide competitive results against the strengthening rear mounted engined cars, Aston Martin abandoned Formula One to concentrate on their more successful sports car projects.
Two DBR5's were constructed in early 1960, but both were scrapped in 1961 following Aston Martin's withdrawal from Formula One