Like Dyson, Aston Martin Wants to Jump Industries Too
It’s not uncommon for big companies to jump industries from time to time. One of the most recent, and most provocative, has to be Dyson – the well-known vacuum cleaner brand that recently announced that it would soon jump into the electric car market. Admittedly a move that should scare any EV manufacturer out there – Dyson has made a career out of finding flaws usually overlooked and perfecting the products they were derived from – it’s still a little too early for anyone to start beating their chests in fear of another competitor. And, that’s why we’re looking at this Aston Martin vacuum cleaner. It’s not likely to be something that every really hits the market, but the significance remains. This rendering was posted along with a tweet from Andy Palmer himself congratulating Dyson for joining the independent British car company club:
“Congratulations @Dyson on joining our independent British car company club. We’re looking forward to branching out into vacuum’s…..
Of course, we would love to see an AM-branded vacuum at some point – after all, Aston does build some pretty fine pieces of machinery, but could it really top the quality of a Dyson? Hard to say, but if you look at cars like the Aston Martin Vulcan, Valkyrie, and DB11, it’s hard to bet against the brand, wouldn’t you say? After all check out that huge spoiler on the rear, the massive five-spoke rear wheels and what about that nod to the V-12 thanks to those six exposed cylinders on each flank? Surely, Palmer just tapped into one of his artists downwind and well below his paygrade to throw this together in 20 minutes for a tweet, but it has us asking the question: Why not? What do you guys think? Would you invest in an Aston Martin vacuum cleaner with all the fixins, including V-12 suction, or would it be a little too expensive for your taste? Let us know in the comments section below.
Well, it’s that time of year where scary things happen; when the supposed dead rise and walk among us; when spooky things lurk just beyond the shadows; watching and waiting. Yes, it’s Halloween and there are plenty of frightening relics oxidizing away in your neighborhood junkyard just waiting for a chance to come back from the dead.
The TopSpeed staffers have put together our five worst nightmares of automotive resurrection in the list below. It contains vehicles that should have never been made and whose rightful place is deep inside the bowels of the crusher.
These are vehicles that are both terrible in their mere existence and terrible in the negative ramifications that would befall their respective makers for constructing such fiends. These are vehicles that, if they were people turned zombies, Rick Grimes of The Walking Dead wouldn’t hesitate to exterminate with his .357 Colt Python.
So hold on tight, grab a weapon, and fight your way through our list of cars we’d hate to see become the undead.
Aston Martin Vs. Skater Race
There are some “versus” videos that we come across that once we read the titles we simply just keep moving. Things like “Dodge Viper vs. Tomahawk Superbike” come to mind. C’mon, same engine but the bike weighs over 1,000 pounds less. Yeah, no need to watch that one. Other times titles are so intriguing we cannot pass them up, regardless of how obvious they seem.
In a day’s work, we came across this gem titled “Aston Martin vs. Inline Skater” and thought “what the…” Thinking it was going to be some sort of goofy prank, we almost skimmed right past it, but figured watching it wouldn’t hurt.
To our surprise this is a legit video of a German man racing an Aston Martin Vantage, from what we can tell. You may be wondering how the man on the skates plans to keep up with the Aston Martin, which has about 400+ horsepower. Well, he specially fitted three miniature jet engines, which produce 300 horsepower, onto a suit and used them to propel him down a 1/4-mile straight. According to the driver of the car, the skater claims that he has reached upwards of 120 mph and had no objections after finding out the Aston Martin could clear a 1/4-mile in 13 seconds.
You might still think there’s no chance for the inline skater, but you may be shocked to see just how fast those inline skates will go. Plus you can get a good laugh at the driver of the Aston Martin as he is more impressed with the speed of the skater than trying to win the race.
Sit back and enjoy the video above. Oops, we almost forgot, don’t try this at home.
One of the benefits that Aston Martin enjoyed while he was under the ownership of Ford was the use of the Blue Oval’s parts bin to cut costs. Save for some switchgear and nav systems, only a few items were visible to the customer. At least that’s the idea. Edward Legge, general manager of Rio Prestige hire, received a damaged key fob from a rented V8 Vantage that gave him and his team quite a surprise.
The person borrowing the luxury GT somehow damaged the rich leather covering the fob, revealing a Volvo logo underneath. It wasn’t a Volvo stamp in the plastic or a small, blocked out Volvo logo. No, this was a fully decorated Volvo key that nobody bothered to disguise. That’s not something the owner of a $120,000 V8 Vantage wants to see.