Aston Martin is thriving even when with the economic crisis ravaging Europe’s businesses. Aston Martin doesn’t want us to take its word for it though. The British luxury and sports car manufacturer has recently released the 12-month results for the year ending December 31, 2011. Aston Martin experienced a 7% increase to $817.3-million, its highest since 2008.
Before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are accounted for, Aston has earned $112.8-million. Aston Martin said that has made a profit by having managed to sell 4200 vehicles in one year. All 77-examples of the One-77 supercar have been sold. Aston Martin’s CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez said that its 2011 results show the energy, passion and ongoing resilience of Aston Martin.
He also said that the company is “on track” about its expansion plans throughout the world, particularly in China. The company also plans to invest in new models. The Aston Martin brand is stronger than ever, proven by the high interest in the new V12 Zagato.
It also feels like our $1.93-million One-77 supercar – all 77 of which are now sold – are just nearby. Aston Martin has accrued $122-million in projected sales since the Geneva Motor Show. Aston Martin hasn’t released a new car for sometime (except for the One-77) but those who could afford the expensive items are getting interested and have been buying models.
There are rare cars, then there’s the Aston Martin One-77 -- a functional and efficient car designed to win any beauty competition in a heartbeat.
Every single component of the One-77 has been crafted from the most premium materials with meticulous attention to detail.
The rolling chassis of the One-77 is an automotive masterpiece, evident in the weave of its glossy carbon fibre tub and the intricate form of the oil reservoir of its dry sump as well as its precise billet machined aluminium suspension mounts.
Nonetheless, even if majority of these exquisite components will be hidden from view in a finished car, each piece is a work of art. It's this amazing workmanship and Aston Martin’s commitment to quality that makes the One-77 a car cut out from the rest.
Logically, such almighty chassis demands - and gets – a correspondingly incomparable drivetrain. It comes in the form of a very powerful 7.3-litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine. With the adoption of a dry-sump oil system, the engine is mounted 100mm lower than in any previous V12-engined Aston Martin road car, the One-77's center of gravity was engineered to be as low as possible.
To further enhance agility and endow the One-77 with progressive handling and steady, foreseeable on-limit behaviour, the engine is astride 257mm aft relative to the front wheel centreline. This ensures a front-mid-engine layout used by all of Aston Martin's present lineup. However, this represents a major step-up.
The Aston Martin One-77's incredible power unit is an exciting advancement of the 6.0-litre V12 engines fitted to the DBS, DB9 and new V12 Vantage models. Like the partnership with MTC in creating the chassis, Aston Martin has picked a world-class partner with which to develop the motor. And that is no other than Cosworth, the famous engine builders. Chris Porritt describes this relationship as the “perfect marriage.”