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Aston Martin CEO hopes to develop a competitor for Tesla Roadster

There is a lot going on within Aston Martin. Its CEO, Andy Palmer, has a full plate, to say the least. Despite that, he recently just announced that they are planning to deliver a high performance electric vehicle that could go up against the next generation Tesla Roadster.

Palmer also says that it is possible for them to develop an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, when Auto Express asked about that matter. Furthermore, when asked about challenges involved in making electric vehicles, such as the battery, Palmer responds by saying that Aston Martin is an expert when it comes to making electric vehicles, and the main factors that they need to take account of include elements like “weight, aerodynamic drag, and rolling resistance”.

He then added that developing electric vehicles will put them at an advantage over other brands like Tesla that promises a lightweight roadster. He reasons that it would be because of the fact that they are already masters at building these components.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie could race at Le Mans if regulations allow it

With 1,130 horsepower at its disposal thanks to a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine with a KERS-style electric drivetrain, the new Aston Martin Valkyrie is a highly potent machine on the road and even on the track. It will even be offered as the track-exclusive Aston Martin AMR Pro race car. A stint at the world’s oldest sports car endurance race – the 24 Hours or Le Mans – could be possible in the future for a racing version of the Valkyrie, according to Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer in an interview with Autocar magazine.

Racing at the Le Mans today would seem weird for a track-only version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The track-exclusive AMR Pro version of the Valkyrie has been tweaked – boasting more power and more aerodynamic devices – to deliver a kind of performance near to Formula One racers or Le Mans Prototype units. However, it cannot compete in the top class of the Le Mans – the LMP1 – as restricted by the current rules and regulations set by the motor racing’s governing body, the FIA.

Currently, FIA rules for the Le Mans – in particular the LMP1 category – only allow prototype racers to enter the event. The focus of the Le Mans or any other endurance race is on prototype racers, not relying on just speed, but also reliability and efficiency. This is why hybrid systems have recently become the overall winners of Le Mans’ top category. Since only prototype racers are allowed in the top class, there is no way for a race version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie to participate. After all, the Valkyrie is a road car but with amazing power, and any version based on it becomes a road-derived race car.

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage rendered as a roadster looks amazing

Have you ever thought about whether Aston Martin would come out with a convertible version of its new 2018 Vantage? At this juncture, no one really knows what the future holds for this model. But we can always hope. Fortunately, there are artists who have the same desire. We all but gasped at what Nikita Aksyonov wants for a possible Aston Martin Vantage Roadster.

It was just the other day when the automaker released the coupe, and already, we have a rendering of it here. And one thing we would say is that the rendered roadster looks just like the coupe, which is a great thing. Aksyonov did not give it a fixed roof, but instead, it will be getting a hard rear deck with a cowled tonneau cover, similar to that of the outgoing Vantage Roadster.

So far, Aston Martin has not mentioned anything about the convertible, when it comes to its release date. However, it took the automaker quite some time (around a year and a half) to follow the new DB11 coupe with the DB11 Volante convertible. So if there will be an actual roadster comes to the market in the near future, we are guessing that it will not be the only variant of the new Vantage, and that there will be others to follow.

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage Shooting Brake would be a worthy rival to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso

A couple of days ago, we saw the very first rendering of the Aston Martin Roadster just a few days after the automaker unveiled the newest Vantage. And we find it so amazing how these artists work on their imaginations so quickly. As mentioned earlier, the Shooting Brake is one of those possible family members.

It was Nikita Aksyonov who was the person behind the beautiful rendering of the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage as a more practical Shooting Brake, and we think that it is a genius idea.

Wouldn’t this baby Aston Martin be a better choice or at least be an alternative to the larger Ferrari GTC4Lusso, as it will more likely be cheaper as well. Overall, it will likely have 100 horsepower more when at its “T” flavor, while the range topping trim with the V12 engine will have as much as 680 horsepower.

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If you see the Aston Martin’s 2018 Vantage, you would think that it is significantly different from most of Aston’s GT lineup. For instance, if the DB11 is a fine gentleman, the Vantage is the hunter - that is how Miles Nurnberger, chief exterior designer describes it. Furthermore, it takes some of its design elements from James Bond’s DB10 in Spectre, wherein the automaker only built 10 cars for the movie.

Though it continues to have the Vantage’s basic proportions of a front-engine coupe with a low-arching roofline, it still looks a bit more aggressive than its predecessor. This could be because of the sloped shark nose and the more open front grille.

Moving onto the vehicle’s rear end, you would notice that it has been made with aerodynamic elements that had been seamlessly put into the structural design of the Vantage. It also has a complex rear diffuser that controls turbulence off the tires. This creates significant downforce with the help of the front splitter and the side gill panels.

Read the entire article 2018 Aston Martin Vantage revealed, delivers 503 horsepower

Aston Martin has just unveiled the next generation of its Vantage sports car. Incredibly, it didn’t take long for the carmaker’s official motorsports arm Aston Martin Racing to introduce the racing GTE version of the sports car – the new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

The British carmaker unveiled the next-gen Aston Martin Vantage in the morning of November 21, 2017. That night, in a well-synchronized launch, Aston Martin Racing took the wraps off the GTE racing derivative. This was well-expected as after all, the Vantage GTE was developed in parallel with the Vantage road. AMR – working from its base in Banbury -- closely collaborated with Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters for the parallel development of the road-going and circuit-bound models.

Simply put, the Vantage GTE is like a Vantage in steroids. AMR took the core design and dynamic capabilities of the next-gen Vantage to an entirely new level by extensively optimizing its powertrain and chassis as well as aerodynamics. The result is the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE, as designed and engineered to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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In was in March 2017 when Aston Martin gave the world its first look at the Valkyrie hypercar. Back then, the brand also revealed that it would create 25 models that are track-exclusive with 150 units being road versions.

While the track-only model was developed at the same time as the road version, it does not face any considerations or limitations faced during road use. Indeed, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is a track-only evolution of the brand’s most extreme model. This model is truly the ultimate expression when it comes to performance. The Valkyrie AMR Pro is the brainchild of one of Formula One’s most successful designer, Adrian Newey. The actual model is a result of a unique partnership between Red Bull Advanced Technologies and the brand as well as with project partner AF Racing.

Powering this hypercar is the Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine, expected to deliver more power and even greater torque. The increases are due to the significant recalibration of the engine as well as the modifications on the emission control system equipped in the road version. It is important to note that the Rimac Energy Recovery System’s output is still the same though the controls systems are expected to be re-programmed.

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Soon, the current generation of the Aston Martin Vanquish will be reaching the end of the road, with the British automaker expected to reveal the next evolution of the flagship grand tourer sometime next year. But before it does, Aston Martin is revealing what is believed as the very final expression of the current Vanquish – the new Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate.

According to Aston Martin, the Vanquish S Ultimate will be available to global clients in just 175 examples. For those who want to a get a piece of the final edition of the Vanquish, Aston Martin is now accepting orders for this version. Customers are expected to receive their new Vanquish S Ultimate as early as Spring 2018.

Serving as the core of the Vanquish S Ultimate S edition is the same engine that powers the regular Vanquish S – a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 mill that delivers 595 bhp of max output as paired to an eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission. It also gets three-stage adaptive damping and carbon ceramic brakes.

Read the entire article Aston Martin unwraps final edition of current Vanquish – the Vanquish S Ultimate

Automakers sometimes want to have fun and experiment on building other toys too, such as bikes. And now is not the first time you’ve heard of this, and it definitely won’t be the last too. Aston Martin has recently launched a limited edition bicycle of its own.

This was made possible by their partnership with German bicycle manufacturer Storck. Together, the British automaker and the German firm came up with a bike they call the Fascenario.3. Of course, expect this bike to be a limited edition model, with only 107 examples worldwide. And the automaker boasts that the bike is a perfect combination of “aerodynamics, stiffness, and comfort”.

The bicycle is mostly made out of a lightweight “Nanocarbon Technology”, which only weighs a total of 1.7 pounds (770 grams) - that’s just the frame though. But overall, with the other components including the brakes, wheels, tires, gearing, and the rest of the parts needed to complete a bike, it only weighs 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms). How cool is that, just imagine carrying a kettle bell, but instead, you’re carrying a bike.

Read the entire article Aston Martin Fascenario.3 is a super lightweight bike with a very big price

Aston Martin has finally released some new images of its Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. We have to say that it’s one fine vehicle and it’s difficult to tear our eyes away from it. Why you ask? Well, the two-door wagon with double bubble roof is perhaps the most impressive derivative from the entire Vanquish- Zagato collection which consists of the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, the Vanquish Zagato Volante and the Vanquish Zagato Coupe.

The foursome in fact will only be limited to a total of 325 examples, leaving the Shooting Brake as the most practical choice among all of them. With only 99 examples slated for production, the limited-edition Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake will surely be a rare sight to behold. However, it won’t be as uncommon as the Speedster with only 28 units. That leaves the Coupe and Volante models with 99 examples each.

Like the rest of its siblings, the Shooting Brake will be based on the Vanquish S that packs a 580hp naturally aspirated V12 powertrain, a fine-tuned adaptive suspension and a host of carbonfiber components for the body panels. In order to maintain its famous shape with elongated roofline that flows seamlessly down to the windshield, the grand tourer is only a two-seater, two-door variant. Nevertheless, the Shooting Brake comes equipped with an electrically operated tailgate with spacious rear compartment with even a luggage set to match. Its basic features already include the latest underpinnings from the Vanquish S such as the improved hydraulic steering, thicker anti roll bars, revised dampers as well as the Vanquish S’ retuned spring rates.

Read the entire article Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake shows new angles in fresh images

As seasons change, temperatures rise and fall. The changes affect our preferences when it comes to driving cars. Therefore, Aston Martin introduces the new DB11 Volante or convertible, and it looks like a combination of the coupe’s gorgeous lines with a soft top that can be lowered in only 14 seconds.

When the DB11 is released in the market, customers will only have one option - that is the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0 liter biturbo V8, paired to an eight-speed automatic that brings power to the rear wheels. Similar to the coupe, it enables the convertible to produce 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 513 pound-feet (675 Newton-metres) of torque. A standard limited slip differential improves traction as well.

In just 4.1 seconds, it can finish the 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) sprint, before continuing to its 187 mile per hour (300 kph) top speed. Though it has the same maximum velocity as the coupe, the convertible is a tenth of a second slower to 62 mph.

Read the entire article 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante arrives with $216,495 price tag

Aston Martin may be known for building many of the stylish Bond cars we see on the big screen but nobody really knew how it can get super aggressive when it comes to undermining the competition. Until now.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO recently discussed with Autoblog and shared more details about its plans for a mid-engine supercar. Like he said, the 488 GTB is the best car in its segment and that they are hell-bent on competing against it.

When asked how the company is going to take on the Ferrari 488 GTB, Palmer admittedly said that they need to recruit some of Ferrari’s key people particularly the head of engineering and the head of powertrains. In fact, he also admitted that there are three of them who are now already working for him.

Read the entire article 3 of Ferrari’s top guys are now with Aston Martin, first task is to build 488 GTB competitor

Aston Martin and Quintessence Yachts are finally done building the AM37 after endlessly teasing us with mere renderings of their speedboat. They initially made two examples of the vessel in which one is finished in Ocellus Teal exterior with Ivory cabin while the other one is in Diavlo red with a cream leather interior. The third one is said to be already under production but we are not sure when or where it will make its first voyage. Aston Martin plans to make only ten of these annually which should cost around $1.6 million apiece.

Arriving at Monte Carlo for the 4-day event are two bespoke examples of the speedboat which will be featuring a 15-inch touch screen, a foldable swim platform and touch-screen operated sliding lightweight carbon-fiber panels. While Quintessence Yachts hails from the Netherlands, the AM37 is being manufactured and produced near Southampton England to be closer to Aston Martin’s British heritage. The Monaco boat expo is currently being held and runs from September 27 to 30.

The AM37S or the top model is equipped with a pair of Mercury Racing’s 520hp gas-fueled engines (388kW) producing a combined output of 1040hp or nearly the same output as Aston Martin’s Valkyrie with 1130hp. There are two other engine options in which the mid-range model gets a pair of 430hp (321kW) gas-fueled Mercury engines while the standard vessel shall receive a pair of diesel powered 370hp (276kW) engine.

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Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato makes its debut with a total of four variations including the Speedster and the Shooting Brake trims. As part of the limited edition model, the company will only produce 28 units of the Speedster and 99 examples of the Shooting Brake, alongside the 99 Coupes and another 99 examples of the Volante.

By looking at the Speedster, it seems more aggressive than the Volante with the nacelle found behind the seats. A lot of the body panels are made of carbon fiber to keep the weight down. The nacelle might remind you of Zagato's double-bubble roof that had been twisted. Sadly, all these are very limited, and it is too late if you still plan to get one as they have all been sold out already, and deliveries will begin in 2018. Don't you think that Aston Martin should have built more examples considering the fact that they have already mastered automotive styling?

There are not a lot of photos and details regarding the Shooting Brake variant, but this one tells us that it has an extended roof that goes all the way to the tail. Supposedly, it features double-bubble contour and glass inlays that naturally let the light in the cockpit. On the inside, it will be given a bronze finish on the interior controls and on the upholstery. The two-seater also gets a tailored luggage set mounted at the back, but owners can have access to it from the tailgate. The Shooting Brake will only be hitting the production line in 2018.

Read the entire article Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato gets two more variants: speedster and shooting brake

The British Secret Service agent’s next possible car has been spied recently while undergoing tests in the UK roads. Too bad, carmakers nowadays can no longer keep things highly confidential. Or, is it another “staged” performance? Whatever. Blame it on the “stealth” photographers, leaked images of the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage show nearly everything we want to see--- at pre-production stage at least.

While covered in such an obscure body wrap, the vehicle’s shape already gives out hints on how the new Vantage will take the form of James Bond’s DB10 concept, or collectively known as the “Bond Car” from Spectre. If there’s any truth to this, the new Aston will be packed with Mercedes AMG’s 4.0-liter twin turbo V8, which is similar to those on Mercedes AMG GT S.

Should Aston Martin boost the V8 engine’s performance even further, it should be capable of delivering up to 503hp and 512-lb ft of torque--- enough to let 007 wannabes do a stunt from zero to 60 miles per hour under 4 seconds. In contrast, the outgoing Vantage sports car features a 4.7-liter V8 engine with a peak power of 426PS and 470 Nm maximum torque. This one can go for 62 miles per hour at 4.9 seconds, which isn’t bad either.

Read the entire article 2019 Aston Martin V8 Vantage teased; resembles James Bond’s car from Spectre

Aston Martin is indeed taking powertrain technology (including engines, transmissions and electrification projects) very seriously as the British carmaker has tapped a man very well suited to the job of leading the development of these systems. Aston Martin has named Joerg Ross to one of its top positions, as Powertrain Chief Engineer.

Ross’ new role at Aston Martin makes him the man in charge of and responsible for the development of the carmaker engines, transmissions and electrification. Boasting more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ross’ previous post was at Maserati, where he served as the Italian carmaker’s chief of advanced powertrain development. He also had held senior management roles at German engineering IAV, Scuderia Ferrari F1 and Ford.

Born in Remscheid, Germany, Ross has a degree and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He is fluent in a number of languages like German, English, and Italian. His appointment at Aston Martin follows the selection of Maximilian Szwaj, former chief of chassis and body engineering at Ferrari, as Chief Technical Officer and Vice President in December. Ross will be based at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Read the entire article Aston Martin taps Maserati’s Joerg Ross as its powertrain chief engineer

Nowadays, we have all heard of hybrid cars and electric vehicles. But one thing is for sure, not everybody has seen or have heard of a gravity-powered car - until now at least.

You might already be aware of Aston Martin’s all electric car that is set to come out in 2019, the RapidE. But even before that comes out, they have already made a special edition V8 Vantage GTE that has zero emissions, which made its way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. What’s cool about this car is that is does not run on an electric powertrain, nor hydrogen but it has less carbon footprint, plus it does not make a lot of noise. So how is that possible, you ask? Well, it is actually a soapbox car that runs on gravity. Sounds very scientific huh?

Aston Martin and Red Bull have always had a good relationship, and the V8 Vantage GTE was built for none other than the Red Bull Soapbox Race that took place on July 9 held in Alexandra Palace, London, UK.

Read the entire article Special-edition Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE gets ready for the Red Bull Soapbox Race

Not many people got a chance to own one of the limited-run Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar. And if you are one of the few lucky ones, Andy Palmer of Aston Martin has a message to give you, and you better take him seriously.

On July 5th, Andy Palmer posted on Twitter making it clear that Valkyrie buyers should not even attempt to sell their build spot for some extra money, as these people will lose the car, and will be banned. And it doesn’t end there, as they never be able to get another special vehicle. He made it clear that they will be able to identify those who tries to flip their reservation slots. Andy Palmer wrote this as a response to a certain @woodsypedia on Twitter with regards to the proposed built slot seen on PistonHeads Classifieds.

This action by Palmer was triggered when a listing by a seller named Knight International cited an “Aston Martin Valkyrie 2019 Build Slot”. On the website, you will find “Price on Request”. However, the tweet that Palmer responded to shows a £9,999,999 ($12.9 million) price tag. How insane is that.

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Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz have recently joined forces, and the first fruit of their collaboration has finally been revealed. The Aston Martin DB11 is equipped with a 4.0 liter turbocharged V8 powertrain as an option.

This is the first model to benefit from the deal since Daimler AG, Mercedes’ parent company, and Aston first joined forced in 2013, when the German multinational company bought five percent of the British company’s shares. Both companies go hand in hand like adding cocoa powder to a cup of dark hot chocolate.

The V8 is a familiar sounding term to many, and yes, it is the same V8 that you may be thinking of. In fact, it is the same engine that you will find in most Mercedes models, just like the 503-horsepower AMG GT S. To ensure that the DB11 still reminds you of an Aston Martin, the engineers did a little bit of calibration, reprogramming, and ECU-relates items so that the car still feels and sounds like an Aston Martin.

Read the entire article 2018 Aston Martin DB11 gets a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine

The already wild Aston Martin Vulcan just got wilder. This is all thanks to the performance upgrade package that was developed by AMR, which is the carmaker’s new performance brand. Introducing new Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro, an upgrade package that includes tweaks in aerodynamic and gearing.

When Aston Martin introduced the Aston Martin Vulcan at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we already knew that this track-only supercar wasn’t an ordinary one. After all, Aston Martin conceived and engineered the Vulcan to deliver the much-desired driving excitement as well as surpass the performance of the carmaker’s Le Mans-winning race cars.

Aston Martin has already done a number of things to make sure that the owners of the only 24 examples of the Vulcan are able to enjoy a dynamic and intense driving experience. For instance, for the past two years, Vulcan owners have received step-by-step driver training from Aston Martin’s team of instructors like Darren Turner, an Aston Martin Racing works driver and three-time Le Mans winner. Owners also took part in exclusive driving events in Circuit of the Americas in the United States, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in the United Kingdom.

Read the entire article AMR Pro upgrade package on Aston Martin Vulcan intensifies both downforce and acceleration
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