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“Beautiful won’t be tamed”

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Aston Martin New Vantage

Celebrated photographer creates portfolio and film to launch new Aston Martin Vantage

The new Aston Martin Vantage has made its global debut with a unique portfolio of imagery and film by Rankin, one of the most influential photographers of our generation.

The London-based photographer has been at the forefront of commercial and editorial innovation since he co-founded the magazine Dazed and Confused in 1992, bringing a unique aesthetic to fashion shoots and portraiture.

Over the course of a high-profile career, Rankin has taken the portraits of the Queen of England, Daniel Craig, Kate Moss, David Bowie, Monica Bellucci and many hundreds more. He has also published around 30 books and been a key driver behind major charity and commercial campaigns for a number of key brands around the world.

To introduce the new Vantage, Rankin brings his talents to a classic tale of rivalry, a portrait of a car born on the track, shaped through racing and a formidable performance heritage. It is also a story of pure driving pleasure and a challenging portrayal of true automotive beauty, a car that is as beautiful in motion as it is at rest.

The images and film are a dramatic creative vision, born out of Rankin's bold and fearless approach. ‘My ambition is to create film and stills that make the hairs on your neck stand up,' says Rankin, 'it's about high intensity, maximum impact - imagery that gets your pulse racing with the urgency of the V8 engine at full throttle.'

Aston Martin New Vantage

The brief was to capture the new Vantage as the archetypal hunter, imbued with the ethos of 'beautiful won't be tamed' to create a sharply focused sports car with a sense of precision and intensity.

New Vantage evolved from a single line, a flowing form that encompasses the form and makes a devastatingly beautiful statement of intent.

“The Vantage is instinctive. It’s unadorned. Stripped of armour. Raw and focused,” says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer.

“This car was always going to be an elemental object, with lines inspired by the language of the DB10 and the dramatic forms of the Aston Martin Vulcan, a car without a traditional grille.”

Across two shoots, a dynamic two-day session at the Atlanta Motorsports Park and a static shoot in Rankin’s Studio, Rankin and his creative team built up a portfolio that captures the true character of the new Vantage.

To emphasise the primal, predatory character of the car, the shoot involved bringing a wolf into the studio - a stark and beautiful contrast with the form of the car. “The Vantage becomes a symbol of primal beauty,” the photographer explains, “it is as much a sensual experience as it is an exhilarating one.”

The film, shot with actors and stunt drivers in Atlanta, also used drones and a chase car to create a dynamic and dramatic story. The end result captures the raw, animalistic character of this important model, the second car in Aston Martin’s Second Century plan. ‘

Breathtakingly sleek and athletic

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Return of the DB11 Volante  - arguably the ultimate convertible sports GT

  • DB11 Volante is the latest evolution of Aston Martin’s iconic convertible Sports GT
  • Powered by new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for an exceptional combination of performance, efficiency and sporting character.
  • Extensive interior options offers exceptional scope for personalisation
  • Orders now being taken for delivery in spring 2018

The most elegant of convertible Aston Martins begins a new chapter with the introduction of the eagerly-awaited DB11 Volante. Joining the DB11 Coupe, which was launched to wide acclaim last year, the new DB11 Volante sets new standards of performance, innovation, engineering and style to create the definitive open-top Sports GT.

Powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510PS V8 engine, the DB11 Volante is built around the all-new bonded aluminium structure first seen in the DB11 Coupe.

Lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces, the DB11 Volante has been engineered to deliver a much broader envelope of abilities.

Greater levels of performance and handling accentuate the more sporting side of its character, while increased refinement, comfort and interior space ensure it remains a consummate grand tourer.

This depth and breadth of ability is made possible by the Volante’s 3-stage powertrain and chassis modes. Working in perfect harmony with the 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring, the driver is able to configure the car’s responses and tailor its behaviour in a way that best suits the road, weather conditions or their mood.

Creature comforts such as a heated steering wheel encourage all-season open-air motoring, and rear seat ISOFIX attachment points - a first for a Volante model - bring added versatility.

Visually the DB11 Volante features the striking single-piece aluminium bonnet and innovative ‘Curlicue’ aerodynamic feature from the DB11 Coupe. Combined with new wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on the seat backs, a beautifully tailored fabric hood – available in a choice of bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver - dramatic ultra-slim ‘light blade’ tail lights create a bold C graphic and a striking new design of forged alloy wheel.

Of course the defining feature of the DB11 Volante is its convertible roof.

Combining the timeless appeal of a fabric hood with the very latest acoustic and insulation materials, the all-new 8-layer roof cossets occupants from the extremes of weather and wind noise.

Folding to a class-leading stack height, the Volante’s hood takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close and can be operated remotely from the key, or on the move at speeds of up to 31mph with a 31mph headwind. The new hood system has also led to a 20 per cent gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.

Aston Martin’s exhaustive testing procedures pushed this all-new roof mechanism to punishing extremes. In the Life Cycle Durability (LCD) test, engineers subjected the roof to more than 100,000 cycles in special weather chambers designed to simulate conditions in the world’s harshest environments, compressing 10-years of use into a one month test.

The results of the LCD test were then validated with real world testing of DB11 Volante development prototypes in locations including Death Valley and the Arctic Circle.

Engineered to be the most advanced and complete open-top Aston Martin ever built, styled to put its rivals in the shade and honed to achieve a fine balance of ride, handling, responsiveness and refinement, the DB11 Volante is dedicated to delivering a new dimension of driving pleasure.

Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the DB11 Volante: “For many of our customers, indeed many generations of Aston Martin customer, the Volante has always offered something very special: a unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars.

“The new DB11 Volante captures those qualities perfectly and promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin”.

Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds: “The challenge of creating a convertible car is retaining structural and dynamic integrity. To protect the former you need strength and rigidity, but to preserve the latter you need to keep weight to a minimum.

“With the DB11 Volante we have maximised the advantages of the DB11’s all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that’s 26kg lighter and 5 per cent stiffer than its predecessor. The result is a truly magnificent car. One that combines greater performance and agility with increased comfort, refinement and interior space for occupants and their luggage”.

It will go on sale from £159,900 in the UK, with first deliveries of the DB11 Volante scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2018.


Painfully gorgeous

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Stunning Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster will see just 28 cars produced

One of the most enduring creative partnerships in the automotive industry reached another milestone. First with the global debut of the Vanquish Zagato Volante, followed by confirmation that not only will the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster enter production, but it will be joined by a spectacular Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

This 'family' of four Vanquish Zagato models will yield a total of 325 cars.

As the first member of the family, production of the Vanquish Zagato Coupes commenced in late 2016. Next to enter production was the Vanquish Zagato Volante. Once again strictly limited to 99 cars (all of which have been sold), production has commenced and deliveries will be completed through 2018.

Of the two remaining models, the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster is the rarest, with a production run of just 28 cars.

As you would expect from one of the most collectible and covetable Aston Martins ever, all 28 Vanquish Zagato Speedsters have been sold with deliveries scheduled for 2018. Completing the quartet, the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake will also enter production in 2018, with a total build run of 99 cars matching those of the Coupe and Volante.

With all four cars based upon the Vanquish S, each Zagato enjoys the combination of 600PS naturally-aspirated V12 mated to the smooth, slick-shifting Touchtronic III transmission.

Together with adaptive damping - fine-tuned for each model - the Vanquish Zagato family promises exceptional driving pleasure that is every bit as stimulating and memorable as their design.

The Speedster and Shooting Brake represent the two extremes of the Vanquish Zagato family. The former is an uncompromising roofless design that expresses the raw excitement of an open-top ultra-high performance sports car.

The boldest aspect of the Speedster's design is the Speed Humps that rise up to form streamlined cowls that flow back from the seats, representing Zagato's signature 'double-bubble' roof.

All the body panels are made from carbon fibre (like the other cars in the Vanquish Zagato family), while shared details, such as the Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired 'Blade' tail lights and repeated 3D Zagato 'Z' motifs in the front grille and rear vent meshes, create an unbroken stylistic thread that connects these otherwise individual creations.

The Shooting Brake is still a strict two-seater, but one conceived as an individual and exceptionally practical GT. The extended roof on the concept sketch bears the iconic Zagato 'double-bubble' surfacing complete with glass inlays to let light flood into the cockpit. The sculptural roof culminates in a powered tailgate that opens onto a luxuriously trimmed rear cabin area, complete with a tailored luggage set.

With dramatic herringbone carbon fibre facia with anodised bronze rotary controls, extensive 'Z' motif quilting and the option of a fully aniline leather upholstery, the Shooting Brake is a fitting complement to the Coupe, Volante and Speedster.

“Move over James Bond – there’s a new agent in town”: 0-60 mph in no time at all!

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APPRENTICE: Muhammed Subhani AKA Gazzy from Beckfoot Upper Heaton School in Bradford beats 500 applicants securing career role at Aston Martin HQ in Gaydon

APPRENTICE: Muhammed Subhani AKA Gazzy from Beckfoot Upper Heaton School in Bradford beats 500 applicants securing career role at Aston Martin HQ in Gaydon


Supercharged 16-year-old lands much-coveted prestigious Aston Martin apprenticeship

Think of Aston Martin and your mind will immediately conjure up images of James Bond, the 007 franchise, powerful engines, ultimate body-styling and fine British craftsmanship.

Now, 16-year-old Bradford student - Muhammed Subhani (known fondly as Gazzy) from Undercliffe, has just fulfilled his dream of being around the luxury prestige sports cars by securing a highly-competitive four-year Design Apprenticeship at Aston Martin’s head quarters.

It’s clear that Year 11 student at Beckfoot Upper Heaton (formerly Belle Vue Boys School) simply had more “bhp” than any other candidate. Sending off his hugely impressive portfolio along with an application, he soon heard back from the prestige marque’s bosses who said they wanted to see him.

After beating off some five hundred applicants during the interview process, many of whom were much older than him, Gazzy will join Aston Martin’s design team in Gaydon, Warwickshire from September this year.

Currently busy studying for his GCSEs, Gazzy says: “I am really excited at securing such a magnificent opportunity and am still taking it all in.”

“It was a rigorous two-stage interview process including the assessment day and the final interview. I just can’t believe how fortunate I am to be living my dream – this is life-changing!

“The support from the staff at Beckfoot Upper Heaton has been phenomenal and help has been readily offered and snapped up by me!

“Mr Hogan twice drove me all the way to Gaydon (Warwickshire) for my interviews himself, I can’t thank everyone enough! My family have been incredibly supportive knowing I will move away to Warwickshire in September 2017.”

Hailing from a working-class background and of British-Pakistani origin, Gazzy’s effort to secure an apprenticeship with one of the world’s most-renowned premier British companies striving for excellence, is truly inspirational.

“My message to other young people is: work hard, aim high and never be afraid to try. You are all unique and have loads of potential so go out there and achieve your potential,” says wise Gazzy.

HEADTEACHER: Mr Simon Wide from Beckfoot Upper Heaton School says the entire school community is delighted for Gazzy

HEADTEACHER: Mr Simon Wade from Beckfoot Upper Heaton School says the entire school community is delighted for Gazzy


Delighted Headteacher of Beckfoot Upper Heaton, Mr Simon Wade commented: “Just before the Easter school term break he (Muhammed Subhani) sat in my office at 8am and phoned Aston Martin.

“A number of staff congregated outside my office trying to read his body language but he gave nothing away,” Mr Wade laughingly recollects.

“Muhammed Subhani came out of the office following that phone call and told us that he had just changed his life and would be working for Aston Martin at their Headquarters in September 2017. Shouts and hugs followed and the reaction of the staff was truly wonderful.

“One of our students from BD3 has achieved the most incredible result and proved that anything is possible if you aim high, work hard and never give up on your dreams.

“We are so very proud of him.

Special thanks to Mr Hogan (Year 11 Student Manager) who drove him to both interviews and looked after him throughout the process and to Ms Bone (Art Teacher) who provided support, guidance, inspiration and motivation as well as a place to work and talk.”

Nazim Ali, Connexions Careers Adviser for Gazzy worked closely with him and assisted with interview preparation. “Muhammed Subhani, undoubtedly is a role-model and trailblazer for his fellow students,” he states.

“He’s demonstrated that if you are ambitious, driven and inquisitive then the opportunities are there to be taken irrespective of your social or economic background.

“The school is incredibly proud of him and have plans afoot for him to speak to and inspire his fellow peers with the message if he can do it then they too can.

“At the moment though, he’s a bit of a celebrity with the school community congratulating him.

“I am sure we will hear a lot more of this talented young man who’s a credit to his family, city and school.”

UNVEILED: Global debut of Aston Martin’s hypercar finally arrives

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“The only limit is your imagination”

Aston Martin marks the 87th Geneva International Motor Show with a significant trio of major debuts.

In addition to being the global motor show debut of the acclaimed new Vanquish S – the most powerful and dynamic iteration of Aston Martin's Super GT – the British luxury brand is also proud to announce the European show debut of the AM-RB 001.

This ongoing collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the AM-RB 001 is a thrilling demonstration of technological innovation and design sophistication, resulting in a truly contemporary hypercar.

Finally, Aston Martin will be showcasing the marque’s enhanced Q by Aston Martin bespoke service with the unveiling of ‘Q by Aston Martin – Collection’ at Geneva. Aston Martin brings a new era of tailor-made sports cars with the expansion of its personalisation service.

Q by Aston Martin has evolved into a multi-tiered offering, giving customers almost limitless opportunities to create their own unique Aston Martin through enhanced levels of design and customer interaction.

The service has grown substantially since it was established in 2012.

“We set strong foundations for the service and we've had continued success,” says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, “now we have the opportunity to work with our customers and take personalisation to a different level.”

Q by Aston Martin - Collection

The Q by Aston Martin - Collection brings an array of distinctive design touches to your Aston Martin.

This selection of exclusive trim and enhancements can be added to your Aston Martin at the point of specification and installed and hand-finished at the luxury marque’s Gaydon headquarters.

Going above and beyond the standard options list, Collection includes exclusive paint and upholstery colours, material finishes and craft elements.

The range is expansive - from a unique leather quilt upholstery pattern to tinted wheel finishes that incorporate body-coloured blades to the diamond turned spokes, as well as the use of new wood and leather interior elements.

DB11 Q by Aston Martin

The range and breadth of the new Q by Aston Martin - Collection is demonstrated by the exclusive DB11 showcased at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

DB11 Q by Aston Martin is finished with exclusive Zaffre Blue paint, paired with gloss, satin twill and forged carbon fibre details including - front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser side strakes, bonnet strakes and door mirrors.

Inside, the upper and lower cabin environments are cloaked in swathes of Obsidian Black Semi-Aniline leather, with the Q by Aston Martin Logo embossed on the headrest.

While carbon fibre wheel centres and engine cover add subtle touches. The colour matched four-piece luggage set is also available through Collection.

Q by Aston Martin - Commission

The second stage of Aston Martin's enhanced offering is ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’, a step into the world of the truly bespoke, individual sports car.

Commission is exactly that, a process that starts with a conversation and ends with a car, a journey that involves a personal collaboration with Aston Martin's design team.

“It's a commissioning process,” says Dr Matthew Bennett, General Manager for the Q by Aston Martin service 'the customer is working much more closely with us here at Gaydon.

“The only limit is your imagination – every new commission starts with a blank sheet of paper.”

The carmaker’s global dealership network is also working closely with Commission to create ultra-limited run series with features and design elements that are distinct to their regions and customers.

Aston Martin has a long and storied history of building individual cars, working alongside true enthusiasts who wish to see their vision translated into something never seen before.

Marek Reichman describes Commission as “fulfilling a creative need – we're experts providing a consultation, like a Savile Row tailor or a yacht builder.”

The collaboration with Q by Aston Martin can begin at the company’s headquarters, your dealership or at Aston Martin's dedicated brand centre, No. 8 Dover Street, where the Q by Aston Martin options will be on display.


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Aston Martin’s AM-RB 001 6.5 V12 engine to be built by Cosworth and transmission by Ricardo

With design and engineering work on the AM-RB 001 hypercar progressing apace, Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing today confirm some of the key technical partners for AM-RB 001.

Working to the exacting brief of both brands, the technical partners have been selected for their unrivalled expertise and willingness to push the performance boundaries.

Together with Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and Aston Martin’s VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, David King and his team, they will embrace the challenges inherent with delivering a car poised to redefine the limits of road car performance.

The heart of every Aston Martin is its engine. Never more so than in the AM-RB 001, which is why it has been entrusted to legendary engine builder, Cosworth.

An illustrious name with an impeccable motorsport pedigree, the UK-based company will bring all its Formula One and high performance production engine experience to bear in the design and manufacture of the AM-RB 001’s bespoke, high-revving 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine.

Mated to AM-RB 001’s all-new engine is a bespoke 7-speed paddle-shift transmission. Designed and manufactured by Ricardo, to Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ specification, the gearbox will be the perfect partner to Cosworth’s V12.

Conforming to the radical hypercar’s ethos of minimal mass and maximum efficiency and led by Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ simulation work, Ricardo will deploy intelligent engineering solutions to achieve Newey’s uncompromising goals.

Not content with commissioning the ultimate road-legal internal combustion engine, the AM-RB 001 also boasts a lightweight hybrid battery system supplied by Rimac.

Acknowledged as world-leaders in high-performance battery technology, the Croatian-based company has showcased its capabilities with the innovative Concept-One: the world’s first - and fastest - all-electric hypercar.

With lightweight construction paramount the AM-RB 001’s MonoCell is constructed from carbon fibre by world-leading composite experts, Multimatic.

A long-standing technology partner on projects such as One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan, Multimatic will combine its unrivalled manufacturing experience with Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ knowledge gained from the design and build of ultra-competitive, championship-winning Formula One cars.

With a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1 - that’s to say one bhp for every kilogram of kerbweight - the AM-RB 001 requires a braking system that’s more than the equal of its powertrain.

Step forward Alcon and Surface Transforms, who together are responsible for supplying the lightweight, high performance brake calipers and carbon discs required to deliver the stopping power.

To guarantee maximum efficiency, performance and dynamic control, electronics expert Bosch has been entrusted with developing bespoke Engine Control Unit (ECU), Traction Control Unit (TCU) and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) systems for the AM-RB 001, while UK light manufacturer, Wipac, is responsible for the hypercar’s full LED headlamps and tail lamps.

Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, says of the technical partners supporting the AM-RB 001 project: “Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort.

To achieve great things you need to surround yourself with the best people. Experience, creativity, energy, diligence and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.

A maximum of 150 road-going AM-RB 001s will be built, including all remaining prototypes, with 25 additional track-only versions. First deliveries are due to commence in 2019.

Road-eating beast

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Aston Martin’s Vanquish Zagato Volante features iconic V12 powertrain which outputs 592bhp

To accompany the North American debut of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Aston Martin has just announced a striking partner for this very special car; the Vanquish Zagato Volante.

Driven by overwhelming customer interest for the previously revealed Coupe, the Vanquish Zagato Volante will be strictly built to a limited production run of 99 cars at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, England.

Vanquish Zagato Volante is the latest creation from a collaboration that reaches back over nearly six decades, beginning with the beautifully muscular DB4 GT Zagato race car of 1960 and includes the DB7 Vantage Zagato of 2002, 2011’s V12 Vantage Zagato and the most recent Vanquish Zagato Coupe announced earlier this year.

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Previous Aston Martin Zagato convertibles have included the striking V8 Vantage Volante, first shown in Geneva in 1987 and the DB AR1 in 2003. Developed as an open-topped Zagato-bodied DB7 and also limited to 99 units, DB AR1 was similarly designed for the North American market and is considered today an established collectible by automotive connoisseurs worldwide.

The Vanquish Zagato Volante will be a powerful addition to the Aston Martin and Zagato lineage, embodying Aston Martin's inherent refinement and capabilities, as well as Zagato's characteristic design details. Both cars share an enhanced version of Aston Martin's iconic V12 powertrain, increasing its output to 592bhp with a projected 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds.

The Vanquish Zagato Volante shares its proportions with the Coupe, a quintessential Aston Martin form with a classic Zagato twist, evoked by round tail light reflectors that use the same 'bladed' LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar. The twin cowls on the rear deck blend into the leading edge of the luggage compartment, concealing a bespoke folding hood derived from the mechanism used in the Vanquish Volante. Carbon fibre sills around the lower body create a pronounced horizontal emphasis that runs from front to rear.

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“Just like the Coupe, we have emphasised the way surfaces change and intersect to create a muscular form. We’ve endeavoured to create an elegant, flowing shape that really works to emphasise the car’s sculpted rear haunches,” says Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.

Inside, the Vanquish Zagato Volante continues the fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship. Aston Martin's specialist 'Q' division can add further personalisation and enhancement to a cabin finished with rich and highly luxurious materials, including herringbone carbon-fibre, anodized bronze detailing and the finest Bridge of Weir leather. The Volante features the unique signature ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch on both seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on the headrests and stitched into the centre console.

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“The Vanquish Zagato Volante illustrates the ways in which Aston Martin design can evolve in collaboration with such a trusted and long-standing partner," says Reichman. “Vanquish Zagato Volante continues Aston Martin's new century of innovation and creativity, strengthening the association between these great automotive marques in the process."

Customer deliveries are set to begin in 2017.

Aston Martin DB9 production comes to an end

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Thirteen years after it first appeared, the final examples of Aston Martin’s DB9 have been completed ahead of the new DB11 arrival.

The company tweeted a series of pictures of the cars sitting at the end of the production line at its Gaydon facility.

“Farewell to an icon. The last nine Aston Martin DB9s are now ready for final inspection,” it read.

These last examples of the company’s famous grand tourer have all been finished by Q Division, Aston Martin’s in-house customisation department, and feature badges labelling each as a “last of nine”.

Since it arrived back in 2003, the DB9 has arguably gone on to become one of Aston Martin’s most successful models.

At launch, the DB9 came with a 6.0-litre V12 that produced 438bhp, and could take the car on to a top speed of 186mph.

By contrast, the new DB11 features a 5.2-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 producing 600bhp. It will take the car from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 200mph.

Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, revealed in a tweet last month that he would personally inspect 1,000 examples of the vehicle.

The DB11 will enter into production next month, with the first customer deliveries expected to arrive just before Christmas. Prices start at £154,000.

Aston Martin’s crazy hypercar

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AM-RB 001

Carmaker and Red Bull Racing in formidable alliance to create a monstrous V12 beast codenamed ‘Radical AM-RB 001’

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing are today revealing their ground-breaking hypercar codenamed AM-RB 001.

The product of a unique Innovation Partnership between the British luxury brand and eminent F1TM team, this ambitious, uncompromising and wholly extraordinary collaboration combines the vision and skills of two world-leading brands to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before.

AM-RB 001The three men charged with realising this shared vision are Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and the world’s most successful F1TM designer, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer.

Together the trio spearhead a formidable alliance. One that combines more than a hundred years of specialism – both with heritage, making some of the world’s most beautiful and charismatic GT cars, and with technological brilliance and relentless pursuit of speed and efficiency that has seen Red Bull Racing excel in the ferociously competitive world of Formula One.  

Reichman and Newey are working closely on all aspects of the project, striving to ensure the AM-RB 001 is an unprecedented fusion of form and function: a car engineered to be entirely useable and enjoyable as a road car, but with the capability to perform like no road car before it on a race track. For those who crave an even more intensely focused driving experience, a track-only AM-RB 001 is also in development, the projected performance of which is in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.

Built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure, the AM-RB 001 boasts truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car.

Thanks to the genius of Newey’s design much of this downforce is generated through underfloor aerodynamics, leaving Reichman free to craft a pure yet breathtaking dramatic form that elegantly expresses both the AM-RB 001’s cutting-edge dynamism and the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin.

AM-RB 001

Uncompromising in all respects, the AM-RB 001 is a bespoke machine from the tyres up. It will be built by David King and his team at Gaydon, in the purpose-built facility created for Aston Martin’s original hypercar, the One-77. More details of the AM-RB 001's technical specification will be revealed in due course, but its heart is a new, mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight.

To cope with the extreme aerodynamic loadings at high speeds yet deliver the on-road usability and comfort levels that sit at the heart of the concept, the AM-RB 001’s suspension system will feature innovative technology and employ principles honed by Newey over his thirty year career. Likewise, the transmission is a clean-sheet design conceived by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

AM-RB 001

While boundary-pushing performance is clearly of paramount importance, so too is exceptional efficiency and packaging. Newey’s unrivalled knowledge has enabled the AM-RB 001 to be extremely light and compact, yet offer genuine comfort and space for driver and passenger and house a V12 engine.

Continuing the on-going Innovation Partnership, the task of engineering the AM-RB 001 will be shared between Q by Aston Martin Advanced and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with production taking place at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility. Total volume will be between 99 and 150 road cars inclusive of all remaining prototypes and 25 track-only versions, with first deliveries commencing in 2018.

Unfiltered fury of 600PS V12 soundtrack

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Q by Aston Martin build the ultimate open-top Vantage for hardcore visceral thrill

Aston Martin has just unveiled its most-extreme two-seater ever in the unique form of the one-off Vantage GT12 Roadster.

The tailor made customer commission undertaken by Q by Aston Martin of the Vantage GT12 Roadster takes the original Vantage GT12 Coupe’s hardcore ethos and adds the visceral thrill of open-top driving, offering the driver an intensified sensation of exhilaration and the unfiltered fury of a 600PS V12 soundtrack.

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Conceived and delivered within a nine-month period, the Vantage GT12 Roadster draws its origins from the Vantage GT12 Coupe, with a special 600PS version of the brand’s 6.0-litre normally aspirated V12 engine mated to a seven-speed Sportshift IIItm paddle-shift transmission.

Technical highlights include magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system.

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The most visible differences are the significant number of new carbon-fibre body panels, while beneath the skin a unique suspension helps ensure the Vantage GT12 Roadster shares the same exceptional handling characteristics as the Vantage GT12 Coupe. Naturally being a product of Q by Aston Martin, the Roadster also features bespoke paint and trim.

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The Vantage GT12 Roadster is a significant landmark, for it is the first time a customer has been able to call upon the full scope of Aston Martin’s design and engineering capabilities as part of the Q by Aston Martin bespoke commission service.

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Initially offered as a means of providing fully personalised colour and trim combinations, the service has been continually expanded.

With the incorporation of Aston Martin Advanced Operations - the team responsible for the original Vantage GT12 Coupe, along with low volume in-house projects such as the Aston Martin Vulcan, Lagonda Taraf and One-77 - customers can now commission highly ambitious full-scale design and engineering projects.

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Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO, commented: “The Vantage GT12 Roadster is a hugely exciting project. Not just because it’s sensational to look at, but because it vividly demonstrates the expanded capabilities of Q by Aston Martin.
“By incorporating the exceptional engineering capabilities of Aston Martin Advanced Operations within the Q by Aston Martin bespoke commissioning service we have a truly formidable creative team.”

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High-value cars recovered after 180 cars stolen and sold throughout the UK

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COPY CAT: A cloned Aston Martin – one of the many vehicles recovered by West Yorkshire Police

COPY CAT: A cloned Aston Martin – one of the many vehicles recovered by West Yorkshire Police

£2m car cloning gang arrested  

An operation to target a £2m car cloning ring has seen six people arrested and a number of high-value vehicles recovered.

The five men and a woman were arrested when officers from Leeds District Crime Team, West Yorkshire Police Protective Services Operations, and the National Crime Agency raided addresses in Leeds, Bradford and Bournemouth on Monday and Tuesday this week.

The arrests come as part of an ongoing investigation focused on the theft and cloning of 180 vehicles which have been sold throughout the UK since July 2009.

Among the vehicles recovered in the raid were an Aston Martin Vantage, worth £38,000, and an Audi Q7, worth £16,000.

On Monday, a 46-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were arrested from an address in Alwoodley; a 32-year-old man was arrested from an address in Yeadon, and 44-year-old man was arrested from an address in Bournemouth.

The Aston Martin was among four cars seized in the Bournemouth raid along with a specialist lock-picking kit.

The Audi and a Vauxhall Vectra were recovered from one address in Yeadon and vehicle documents and number plates were seized from another Yeadon address.

A search of an industrial unit in Pudsey led to the recovery of a vehicle diagnostics machine used in the reprogramming of vehicles, a large number of number plates and a blank firing pistol.

On Tuesday, a 39-year-old man was arrested from an address in Adel, Leeds, and a 37-year-old man was arrested from an address in Idle, Bradford.

All those arrested have been interviewed and bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, Head of Crime for Leeds District, said: “This investigation has been targeting what is clearly a highly sophisticated car cloning ring that has been operating across the country on a large scale for a number of years.

“Lengthy and painstaking enquiries culminated in the arrest phase of the operation earlier this week, during which we seized a number of vehicles, equipment and other evidence which will be of value to the investigation.

“The operation is focused on vehicles being stolen, primarily in the south of England, without keys using specialist equipment and then transported to Leeds where they are professionally cloned using the identities of legitimate vehicles and sold to innocent buyers through used car publications and websites.

“We believe the value of this criminal enterprise to be in the region of £2 million.

“We have received excellent support and assistance from our colleagues in the National Crime Agency during this investigation and it clearly demonstrates how we can work together effectively to tackle crime that stretches beyond our county borders.”

Aston Martin DB10 from ‘Spectre’ up for auction

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Talking about the DB10 Daniel Craig, who plays Bond, says: “It’s unique and it feels right, and it looks like a James Bond car and it’s got a few secrets.”

Talking about the DB10 Daniel Craig, who plays Bond, says: “It’s unique and it feels right, and it looks like a James Bond car and it’s got a few secrets.”

One of the exclusively created and very special DB10 Bond cars built for the ‘Spectre’ film by Aston Martin will be auctioned off at the London auction house of Christie’s for charity.

The sale, in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières, will take place on 18th February and is expected to raise around £1m.

The auction celebrates the release of the 24th Bond film on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD with 24 special auction lots going under the hammer for charity, led by the Aston Martin DB10.

Production of the DB10 was limited to 10 examples, developed and hand-built by the designers, engineers and artisan craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in the UK for the latest Bond film, Spectre.

The DB10 features a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox. It has an estimated top speed of around 190 mph. The car features an all carbon fibre exterior, while the interior has been handmade using fine luxury leathers, carbon fibre and aluminium.

Until now, Aston Martin had said that they would keep all the cars. This charity auction is a step back from that stance, and a real opportunity for someone with a cool million pounds plus to spare.

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Aston Martin deal unlikely for Force India

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PREPERATIONS: Force India are still searching for sponsors for the upcoming Formula One campaign

PREPERATIONS: Force India are still searching for sponsors for the upcoming Formula One campaign

As Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg prepare for another season with Force India, the team behind the scenes are continuing their search for new sponsors.

A potential deal with luxury car manufacturer, Aston Martin, had been touted previously in a three-way relationship alongside whiskey brand, Johnny Walker. It would represent the British car maker’s first appearance in the sport since the 1960s.

However, following comments from Aston Martin chief executive, Andy Palmer, this week, it seems any possibility of such a deal is now ‘improbable’.

“Everybody knows Aston Martin,” he said. “I have a job to do in terms of getting us back into the conversation amongst people that cross-shop sports cars, be it McLaren, be it Ferrari or Porsche. I need to be in that conversation.

“But to get into Formula One, that's serious money that I don't have.”

Force India's co-owner and principal, Vijay Mallya, confirmed that time was running out for such a deal to take place ahead of the 2016 campaign.

“Obviously, if something is going to happen, it should happen before the start of next season because then one would have to think about the livery, the uniforms, team kit and so many other things,” he added.

Force India have struggled financially in recent times, seeking around £7 million in advanced payments.

Britain’s most expensive car ever?

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One of the rarest and most highly sought after cars – the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is set to go up for auction at RM Sotheby's in New York later this with a guide price of $16m (£10m).

If the car sells at the auction on 10th December, it will become the most expensive British car ever sold publicly, beating a McLaren F1 sold in August for £8.8m.

The DB4 GT Zagato is one of only 19 ever made in a partnership between Aston Martin and the Italian Zagato factory. The model is the 14th ever made and was the only one shipped new to Australia.

"Nevermind being the greatest Aston of all time, this is one of the greatest GT cars ever produced," said RM Sotheby's chairman and founder Rob Myers, "It is an absolute jewel of a car."

The car was completed in 1961 and raced extensively during the 1962 season. It returned to England from Australia in 1993 and was restored in 2002.

Originally, the factory planned to produce 25 cars but stopped midway due to a lack of demand. Today, the car's popularity has seen a number of owners of other Aston Martin DB4s modify their cars into Zagato replicas to increase the car's value.

For your eyes only…

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Jaguar Land Rover reveals all of the Bond cars ahead of Spectre release

The Bond films are known for showcasing Aston Martin vehicles, but Jaguar vehicles have been featured more recently as well. In 2012’s “Skyfall,” Jaguar Land Rover showcased the Defender 110 Double Cab pickup and Jaguar XJ.

But now all of the cars to be used in the new James Bond film Spectre have been revealed by Jaguar Land Rover and among the select range is Jaguar’s C-X75 supercar concept that will be used in the film by Hinx, who is played by David Bautista.

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In the new film, the Jaguar C-X75 will star in a chase scene with the Aston Martin DB10.

Other Jaguar Land Rover cars set to be on the big screen are the Range Rover Sport SVR and a Land Rover Defender that has been modified with massive 37-inch off-road tyres.

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All of the cars have been built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations especially for the film.

Naomie Harris, who reprises her role as Moneypenny in the new film said: “I made my Bond debut in the Defender and I have so many fond memories of shooting that sequence in Istanbul. It’s such a special series of films to be part of and I’m thrilled to be driving more Jaguar Land Rover cars in the new movie.”

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Jaguar Land Rover started work on the cars almost immediately after its Special Vehicle Operations division was set up in June 2014. Although the C-X75 was only ever built as a concept car, it was always fully functional, so making it ready for the big screen was relatively simple.

Developing the Land Rover Defender was more complicated as it had to be able to cope with driving in challenging snow-covered terrain and mountain roads. It has additional underbody protection that helped keep the car in one piece during the filming.

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Built for Bond

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Aston Martin debuts its very unique DB10 for 007

An Aston Martin, which was created specifically for the new Bond film demonstrates the breadth of the brands’ bespoke capabilities.

Aston Martin together with EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond film franchise, unveiled Bond’s stunning new car, the Aston Martin DB10, on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.

The luxury British sports car brand confirmed that James Bond will indeed, once again, drive an Aston Martin in ‘Spectre’ – the 24th 007 film. On this occasion, it will be a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand’s design and engineering teams.

Led by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the design team worked closely with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.

Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.

Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, said: “In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.

“To be partnering once again with EON Productions is great news for this company and for everyone around the world that loves to see Bond at the wheel of an Aston Martin.

“I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality.”

Production will be strictly limited to 10 of the bespoke sports cars, developed and built by the designers, engineers and highly skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.

‘Spectre’ is due for general release on 6th November 2015.

Vivacious Volante

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In case you’re wondering what this blue beauty is…

… it’s the Aston Martin’s Vanquish Volante – a stunning-looking new luxury sports car that brings a thrill to open-top motoring to the super GT class.

Releasing early in 2014, it replaces the existing DBS Volante and is packed with some superb not so little fine details.

‘Such as what?’ I hear you call. Well, to begin with, it boasts a new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine and some blistering performance figures, meaning the 0-62 mph sprint is despatched in just 4.1 seconds while the top speed stands at 183 mph.

The Aston Martin’s Vanquish Volante boasts a new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine

The Aston Martin’s Vanquish Volante boasts a new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine

The car is also the first fully carbon fibre-skinned Volante in the brand’s 100-year history, while also being the stiffest Volante body structure yet created by the engineering team at Aston Martin’s global HQ in Warwickshire, not to mention the new car’s triple-skin lightweight fabric roof takes just 14 seconds to fold.

The design of Vanquish Volante represents the latest take on Aston Martin’s iconic visual language. Styling cues such as the elegant waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from the One-77 supercar while the folding fabric roof sits beneath a tonneau and decklid that have been aerodynamically tuned for optimum performance.

The windscreen, meanwhile, is now full height – a first for Aston Martin – which means that the glass runs up to meet the fabric roof, thereby achieving a particularly clean transition.

The 2+2 cabin is elegantly attired in authentic and luxurious materials: full grain Luxmil leather with optional quilting, metal controls and satin chrome trim underscore the car’s well-appointed nature.

As practical as it is well-dressed, the Vanquish Volante boasts a boot that’s fully 50% larger than that of the previous DBS Volante. It measures 279 litres – roof up or down.

Perhaps one of the most striking interior design elements is the centre stack with refinements providing a more elegant form that is also more intuitive and accessible for both driver and front seat passenger.

Under its curvaceous carbon fibre bonnet the Vanquish Volante comprises the latest generation AM11 naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine which drives the rear wheels via a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox.

The V12’s power peak of 573 PS (565 bhp) arrives at 6,750 rpm while the torque peak of 620 Nm (457 lb ft) is available at 5,500 rpm. These numbers translate into performance that matches the Vanquish coupe’s and ensures the new car supports its Super GT billing.

The Aston Martin’s Vanquish Volante boasts a new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine

The Aston Martin’s Vanquish Volante boasts a new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine

The first Volante to feature a full carbon fibre body 6.0-litre V12 engine produces 573 PS; 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds Multi-layer lightweight fabric roof folds in 14 seconds

Steering, too, is crisp, precise and communicative. The rack’s quick 15:1 ratio – 2.6 turns lock-to-lock – is allied to speed-sensitive power assistance that’s tuned to deliver optimum assistance.

Priced from £199,995 RRP in the UK, first deliveries of the new sports car are expected to begin in the UK and Continental Europe in the next few weeks.