When Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin opened a small car workshop in London’s Henniker Mews in 1913, they could not have imagined that some of Britain’s most iconic sports cars would emerge from that humble setting.
Aston Martin, as the company was named, has become a global automotive brand with an unrivalled British heritage. Founded on the passion, skill and creativity of talented designers, engineers and artisan craftspeople, the company now creates a range of beautiful cars that fuse graceful styling, high performance and the latest technology for discerning customers in over 50 countries around the world.
More than 100 years on from Lionel Martin’s declaration that ‘an Aston Martin must be a quality car of good performance and appearance; a car for the discerning owner-driver with fast touring in mind’, the company’s Second Century plan sets out to ensure sustainable long-term growth, while striving to continue creating the most accomplished automotive art in the world.
The brand’s philosophy, along with its passion for fine design and small series production, has earned many Aston Martin models global cult status.
None is more famous than the ‘DB’ bloodline, named after the firm’s former owner, Sir David Brown. The DB models have always been synonymous with the style, glamour and refinement of world-class grand touring – James Bond’s favourite Aston Martin is the DB5. Launched to worldwide acclaim in 2016, the DB11 continues this iconic lineage with stunning, distinctive design and pioneering aerodynamics. Powered by a choice of two advanced engines – either a sporting 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 or the potent 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12; and built on a lighter, stronger and more space-efficient bonded aluminum structure, DB11 is the most dynamically gifted
DB production model in the marque’s history.
‘It is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be,’ says CEO Dr Andy Palmer. ‘We worked tirelessly to ensure that it combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout. Now, with the new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal around the world.’
But if the DB11 places the company once again as a leading global automotive brand, the Valkyrie is the game-changer. Co-developed with Red Bull Advanced Technologies as part of Aston Martin’s Innovation Partnership with the leading Formula One team, Valkyrie is the ultimate expression of hypercar design, engineering and performance. Valkyrie combines the vision and skills of two world-leading brands to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before.
From its historic debut in the 1922 French Grand Prix to the DBRI’s 24 Hours of winning Le Mans in 1959, the belief has always been that racing helped to improve the breed, and some of Aston Martin’s best-loved cars have performed successfully at the highest levels of motor sport.
A stunning victory for the V8 Vantage GTE in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro Class, plus the recent introduction of AMR, an exciting new sub-brand that amplifies race-inspired performance across the model range, demonstrate the importance of competitive racing – and sporting prowess – to Aston Martin.
By carefully nurturing its talents for design, craftsmanship and cutting-edge engineering, Aston Martin continues to create beautiful cars that are loved the world over.
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