More About Aston Martin
Lionel Martin raced in Aston valley and hence the name came up as a tribute to the place that inspired him.
All Aston Martins have a pet name. It all started with Lionel Martin who used to nickname each Aston Martin car he drove and it seems that the tradition lived on. Owners of this brand have a pet name for their cars to convey the love they have for their piece of luxury, aristocracy, and perfection. The car which was used in the movie Goldfinger was sold for $1.4 million.
A guy who built tractors bought Aston Martin for just $30,000. David Brown was a British industrialist and the owner of a tractor company that wore his name. In 1947 he saw a classified ad for a high-class motor business on sale. He also purchased Lagonda that same year and the two companies have been intertwined ever since. David Brown’s period was one of the most successful and prosperous eras in Aston's history. He did such a great job that he was granted a knighthood in 1968 and was henceforth known as Sir David Brown. That’s where the D and B initials come from. 90% of Aston Martin ever made are still on road out of the 65000 cars made in the company’s history of 100 years. The current lineup of Aston Martin is limited to only 3 models under which there are more feature-packed options are also available.
Aston Martin DB11 is a grand tourer launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016 as the successor of the Aston Martin DB9. It is powered by 2 engine options: a 5.2 Liter twin-turbocharged V12 which puts out 600 hp at 6,500 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque and a 4.0 Liter twin-turbocharged V8 putting out 503 hp and 498 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are driven by an 8-speed automatic transmission. The car offers a Front mid-engine placement and rear-wheel-drive layout. It comes in two body style options, a 2-door coupé, and a 2-door convertible.
Aston Martin Rapide is a 5-door, 4-seater, high-performance sports saloon launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. It is powered by a 5.9 Liter V12 engine producing 550 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. Driven by an 8-speed automatic transmission. The car offers a Front mid-engine placement and rear-wheel-drive layout. It is the company's first 5-door fastback saloon since1990 after the discontinuation of the Aston Martin Lagonda. It is based on the Aston Martin DB9 and is having the new VH Generation III platform.
Aston Martin Vantage is a two-seater sports car unveiled in 2017 as a successor to the previous outgoing model. It is powered by a 4.0 Liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine putting out 503 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque. It comes in two gearbox options, an 8-speed automatic and for the three-pedal enthusiast’s a 7-speed manual is also on offer. The car offers a Front mid-engine placement and rear-wheel-drive layout.
Entering the future market, Aston Martin showcased its new concept vehicle bearing the Lagonda brand name. With the launch of Lagonda, Aston Martin will be entering the much-awaited SUV segment. Along with a new mid-engine sports car.
The recently showcased Rapide E, which is an all-electric production car gives a glimpse of the company’s plan toward the future. Only 155 units of Rapide E will be made. It is driven by a twin-motor drive system putting out 602 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The car is claimed to have a 0-60mph time of sub 4 seconds with a top speed of 155mph. One charge range is claimed to be up to 200miles. It will be manufactured at Aston Martin's new St. Athan plant in Wales. The same plant will also assemble the brand’s first SUV, the DBX.
In 2015, Aston Martin launched the Vulcan, a hardcore track car that adhered to no rules or road and safety regulations. The Vulcan is an exemplary piece of engineering with its 7-liters naturally aspirated V12 producing a monstrous 820 HP. Aston Martin produced 24 units of the Vulcan with a price tag of about $2.3 Million.
Aston Martin is also shifting its focus to hybrid technology with upcoming cars the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the Aston Martin Valhalla. Aston Martin has also bought a major share in current F1 Team Racing Point which will be rebranded as Aston Martin from 2021. With a four-time world champion at its wheel, the project is expected to bring momentum to the brand. Backed by strong investors, Aston Martin is expected to grace us with an eye-catching design that has always been the tradition of the company.