Aston Martin Pays Tribute To RAF’s Red Arrows With Bespoke Vanquish S
It’s very red and really rad!by Ciprian Florea, on
When it comes to aviation-inspired sports cars, not other country gives us as many as the United Kingdom. In recent years, we’ve seen Royal Air Force-inspired vehicles come from both Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin, with the latter already famous for the Vantage S models that paid tribute to the Spitfire plane and the Blades Aerobatic Display Team. Come 2017 and it’s time for the Vanquish to join the aviation-inspired theme, this time around as a tribute for the RAF’s Red Arrows acrobatic unit.
Commissioned by Aston Martin’s dealer in Cambridge, the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition is limited to only 10 units, nine for each pilot of the Red Arrows unit and a tenth car to be given to the RAF Benevolent Fund charity.
Crafted by the Q division, the Red Arrows Edition is by no means a regular limited-edition Aston Martin with a custom paint job. On top of the Eclar Red paint that mirrors the familiar livery of the Hawks and references the Red Arrows’ motto, the coupe sports all sorts of details that make it unique in the lineup.
Custom features include white detailing in the front bumper and grille, blue highlights on the side skirts, white "smoke trails" on the side strakes, "Union Jack" enamel wing badges, and "Union Jack" side winglets on the bumper. The carbon-fiber roof has white graphics that mimic the canopy design of a jet fighter, while the standard exhaust pipes have been replaced by titanium pieces.
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Bespoke Interior and Accessories
The Red Arrows and RAF-inspired theme continues inside with Pinewood Green inserts that evoke the design of the classic flight suit and Martin Baker ejection seat fabric. The signature Red Arrows emblem of the nine aircrafts in classic "diamond" formation are embroidered on the seat backs, while the unique engine inspection plaques are signed 1 through 10.
There’s also Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team logo embroidered on the transmission tunnel, while the rear of the cabin allows the stowage of twin racing helmets, both finished in the Red Arrows livery. Aston Martin also added a One-77 derived steering wheel, as well as a bespoke center rotary toggle switch inspired by aviation instrumentation. The bespoke cabin is rounded out by door cards embroidered with a graphic of the iconic "Vixen Break," a spectacular high-G 9-aircraft formation.
In addition to all of the above, each Q by Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows owner will get a range of accessories that include racing helmets, racing suits, embroidered bomber jackets, and a Vanquish S bespoke luggage set. A highly-detailed, die-cast 1:18 scale model of their car and the Hawk aircraft and a specially designed car cover and Build Book will also be included.
The drivetrain remains stock, meaning that the Red Arrows Edition gets its juice from the big 5.9-liter V-12 engine rated at 592 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The coupe needs 3.5 seconds to hit 62 mph before topping out at an impressive 201 mph. The transmission is an eight-speed Touchtronic III.
Pricing information is not yet available, but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it. All I can hope is that those 1:18 scale models will go mainstream and whoever makes them will roll out more than 10 units. Now that’s a Red Arrow Edition I can afford. I think...