Aston Martin DB11

Quick update: If you want to read an Aston customer review, this is the best I’ve found

I was going to wax lyrical about the sound of a (any) Aston Martin but then they kindly put out a video so I don’t have to. If you’re in any doubt, I want one of these cars.

The DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and is powered by a potent new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history. As such, it is the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003.

Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world.  DB11 is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that DB11 combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout. A brand new bonded aluminium platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan.”

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Aston Martin and Red Bull – the next (and best?) hypercar??

OMG – want one!

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  • Revolutionary AM-RB 001 hypercar the result of technical partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing
  • Powered by a new, high-revving naturally aspirated V12 engine
  • Mid-engined, two-seats, lightweight construction, 1:1 power-to-weight ratio
  • Road and track-only versions to be available

5 July 2016, Gaydon, England: 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.

The 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 they 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.

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Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

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Do you ever get the feeling that the day is going your way? I managed to see an Aston Martin Grande Rapide this morning on the school run, and then the very same company decided to announce one of their Zagato specials. This makes up for yesterday when a late call from the garage about the lack of their ability to source some new pads and rotors for the M3 meant a planned day at the track was replaced with a not quite so exciting day in front of the laptop (but technically on vacation so still smiling). Anyway, enough about me, all the details on the new Aston are below, along with some pretty pretty pictures.

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Aston Martin and Italian design-house Zagato are proud to announce the Vanquish Zagato Concept, the latest creation from their long-standing partnership. The Vanquish Zagato Concept will make its global debut at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held at Lake Como in Italy from 21 – 22 May 2016

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Aston Martin DB10 – Nice price if you can afford it

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The highly coveted and incredibly rare Aston Martin DB10 made for the latest James Bond film, Spectre, went under the auctioneer’s gavel at Christie’s in London tonight.  The bidding was tense and exciting before a final bid of an amazing £2,434,500.

The buyer now owns a true piece of automotive history; the only Aston Martin DB10 to be made available for public sale. Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse of the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins. Production of the DB10 was strictly limited to 10 models of the bespoke sports car which was 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.

Aston DB10 Sale

Eight of the DB10’s were modified for filming, but two of those produced were kept back as show cars for display purposes only and the DB10 auctioned is one of them.

The money raised by the auction of the Aston Martin DB10 will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières.  MSF – or ‘Doctors without Borders’ – is a global humanitarian aid organisation that provides medical care and support to victims of armed conflict, epidemics and other disasters.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer. “The DB10 is one of the rarest cars ever created. Only 10 will ever be made and this is the only one that will be made available for sale. It’s great to see this DB10 raising vital funds for Médecins Sans Frontières, it is a fantastic charity that we are delighted to support”.

Aston Martin Vulcan Driven

The boys over at Evo got their hands on the new Aston Martin exclusive track weapon, the Vulcan and had a bit of a blast. Check out the story here and the video below.

Aston Martin Vulcan

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If you didn’t think the regular Aston Martin’s were beautiful enough, maybe this very exclusive, very expensive track only special edition will tickle your fancy? Only 24 will be produced worldwide, so if you are actually planning to drive it on a track (which is the only place you can), you better make sure you’re both very good and not pushing too hard, as I dread to imagine what the cost to rebuild one of these things is if you have an off. At least there’s a (very) special driver training program to go with the car…

With its 7.0 liter V12 800-plus bhp powerplant developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing, this front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience.

Utilising the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s annual World Endurance Championship.

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Comprising cutting edge engineering including that sourced from the brand’s successful GT racing campaign, the car features a carbon fibre monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin’s long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic, integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear. Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox. Track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control.

The new track car will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements.

Aston Martin Vulcan

Prior to taking delivery of their cars, owners will be offered the opportunity to take part in an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver training.

Experienced racers including Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans-winning Darren Turner will support owners on their learning journey, offering them the chance to refine their track driving technique and increase their ability through a carefully-constructed series of practical and theoretical driver training events. Using a number of exciting high performance Aston Martins including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 race car, customers will gradually build experience and develop their track technique, before beginning their thrilling personal journeys into the immense performance potential of their Aston Martin Vulcan.

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David King said: “We will be running a series of exclusive track day events commencing in 2016 that will offer the opportunity for these customers to explore their driving capabilities, and the car’s performance potential, on some of the world’s most famous and glamorous race circuits.” There will also be the option of time in the virtual race car world of Darren Turner’s Base Performance Simulators, where buyers will have ample opportunity to further refine their driving style in the safety of the digital race track.

 

Aston Martin DB10 – James Bond’s New Car

Aston Martin DB10 James Bond Car

Only 10 of these beauties will ever be built, and they’re absolutely stunning. Not too much details apart from you get to see them in action in next years November release of the new James Bond movie – Spectre. Glad to see Aston and 007 continuing their partnership – it was never quite the same when he jumped into a BMW (although I still think the Z8 has one of the best car rear-ends in history, so won’t complain too much).

Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin LagondaWhen I was a young boy, I loved the car you see above – I’m not sure why – it was mixed among the usual desires for 911’s, Countach’s and the ultimate favorite Ferrari 288 GTO.  There was just something about it (maybe it was the sheer size of the hood/bonnet).

2015 Aston Martin LagondaAnyway, the guys at Aston must have liked it as well, as they’ve decided to come back out with a new version. And this isn’t some one off prototype – these are the first production images. Take a look and let me know what you think of the modern version.

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Aston Martin One-77

7.3 litre V12 with over 700 bhp, and as beautiful as any special Aston should be (inside and out). It costs well over  a million (in pounds and dollars) so if you want one, you better be rich already and be saving your pennies hard….

 

Aston Martin Vanquish

I may be a little biased towards British cars, but Aston Martin in my humble opinion makes some of the most beautiful cars in the world. Take a look at these pictures and try and tell me you disagree

Aston Martin VanquishAston Martin Vanquish Rear 3/4 ShotAnd if you’re still not convinced, there’s the sound…..