Aston Martin could make a good aircraft designer if not for the dedication it has for building its automobiles. Their aviation-themed cars are quite remarkable – stunning limited editions with a characteristic that adds to its exotic appeal. The Vantage S Blades Edition, sporting a livery design inspired by the tri-colored planes of The Blades aerobatic team, and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 edition, with its Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane-inspired design, have proven that cars can be “fly”.
This time, Aston Martin is adding yet another limited-edition aviation-themed car in its artillery – the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows. This Vanquish S based coupe is named after the Red Arrows, the British Royal Airforce’s own aerobatic unit, and is definitely a sight to behold.
The Vanquish S Red Arrows is dressed in “Eclat Red”, taking inspiration from the Hawk trainer aircraft used by the said aerobatic unit. A contrast to its predominantly red body is its exposed carbon fiber roof that features a “charge” detail similar to that of the fast jet’s canopy design. Limited to only 10 units, each of the Vanquish S Red Arrows is also bestowed with a unique Union Jack enamel wing badge to further emphasize its exclusivity.
The company’s “Q” division oversees the production of this stunning beauty. The Vanquish S Red Arrow is accentuated by a white “smoke trail” finish on its side strake and accentuated by white and blue carbon, differentiating it from the regular Vanquish S. Moreover, instead of a stainless-steel exhaust system from the regular Vanquish S, Aston Martin’s Q team designed a standard titanium exhaust system for the Vanquish S Red Arrow.
Of course, you would expect that the interior cabin will also take inspiration from the RAF and Red Arrows. It features a Pinewood green insert, similar to that of a flight suit while the fabric used for the seats (featuring green webbing seatbelts) reminds us of a Martin-Baker ejection seat. Other features such as an engine inspection plaque, bespoke side sills, and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team logo embroidered onto the transmission tunnel add a bit of extra special kick to this already special car.
Since the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrow is a special edition vehicle, it is all but fitting that it is maneuvered by a steering wheel borrowed from the exclusive One-77. It also features a stowage area behind the seats enough to store a pair of racing helmets. Moreover, it also features modified door cards featuring a pattern depicting a nine-aircraft formation called the “Vixen Break”.
The lucky ten owners of the Vanquish S Red Arrows will receive a bunch of special items which include racing suits and helmets, a luggage set, unique embroidered bomber jackets, and a car cover to protect it from all kinds of weather condition. But wait, there’s more! A build book and a 1:18 die-cast model of the car and the Hawk aircraft will also be given away.
The car will not only make its owners happy but will benefit charity as well. It is said that Aston Martin will give the tenth car as a gift to the RAF Benevolent Fund charity, intended to help former servicemen and women and their respective families (you can purchase a 20 pounds ticket here http://www.jardinemotors.co.uk/aston-martin/news/aston-martin-red-arrows/). The other nine will be available for purchase through Aston Martin Cambridge.
The Red Arrows was founded in 1965 and has since been getting recognition all over the world by its superb British aviation skills. Since its humble beginnings with the Folland Gnat trainer until its use of the iconic BAE Systems Hawk in 1980, the team has shown us their best piloting prowess. Demonstrating razor-sharp reactions of fast-jet flying, the team of nine pilots has thrilled crowds all over the world. These qualities define the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows.