Reaching new depths in unmatched British elegance

If I had the money, I think my first big toy (after the race car, of course) would be a submarine. The idea of flying under the waves, exploring the mysteries of the deep… it’s all just so cool. Of course, to do it up proper, you’d need the right machine, not some spartan tin can with a periscope attached to the roof. Now, it looks like Aston Martin and Triton have just the ticket with this multi-million-dollar luxury submersible dubbed Project Neptune, which was just revealed in its final production form this week.

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Project Neptune: Aston Martin and Triton Reveal Finalized Design For New Submarine
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This is the kind of thing you’d launch from your mega yacht to impress guests attending your dinner party at sea on the way to Monte Carlo.

Aston Martin and Triton first announced Project Neptune in September of 2017, promising the same high-end luxury and performance you’d expect from Aston Martin, but stuffed into the underwater capabilities of a craft from Triton’s line of personal submersibles.

In case you were unaware, Triton is a Florida-based producer of submarines that offers a variety of underwater craft, including models for personal use, scientific exploration, and filming ventures.

Project Neptune definitely falls under the “personal use” category. It’s the kind of thing you’d launch from your mega yacht to impress guests attending your dinner party at sea on the way to Monte Carlo.

If that sounds like your kind of lifestyle, you’re in luck, as Aston and Triton just revealed the finalized design for Project Neptune.

“Aston Martin and Triton have worked meticulously to refine the detailed design of the submersible’s hydrodynamics, body styling and luxurious interior packaging,” explains the accompanying press release. The sub is said to to offer the “performance, beauty, and elegance” expected of an Aston Martin model, plus the technical capabilities of Triton subs.

Tech specs include a dive depth of 500 meters (1,640 feet), which should provide plenty of leeway when exploring your underwater environment of choice. Top speed is rated at over 5 knots (about 5.7 mph) thanks to improved hydrodynamic efficiency, a reduced frontal area, and increased power. It’ll also offer four times the acceleration as Triton’s flagship model, the 3300/3.

While it’s not quite as quick as something like the Aston Martin Valkyrie, 5 knots is still somewhat speedy for a personal submarine like Project Neptune.

Design teams from both Aston Martin and Triton worked together to produce the design you see here. To our eyes, it definitely looks sharp, with forward-swooping lower pods and carbon fiber blades on the roof. Aston says it comes with an acrylic canopy and iridium coating around the exterior.

Project Neptune: Aston Martin and Triton Reveal Finalized Design For New Submarine
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The seats come covered in hand-stitched leather, while carbon fiber accents add a dash of sportiness as well.

Inside, Project Neptune can accommodate up to three people, including two front-seated passengers and a rear-seated pilot. The round canopy provides plenty of visibility around the craft, while the seats come covered in hand-stitched leather. Carbon fiber accents add a dash of sportiness as well.

Buyers will have three unique Designer Specification trim levels to choose from, each of which will offer its own unique color scheme and materials list. Further customization options will be provided through Q by Aston Martin.

Marek Reichman, Aston’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, drew comparisons to the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, saying, “we have afforded as much attention to the hydrodynamics of the underside as we have the visible surfaces. Some of that detail may never be seen, but its effect will certainly be felt.”

Aston divulges that the interior was particularly difficult to construct, as assembly required a piecemeal approach whereby components were lowered in through the upper hatch and built inside the completed pressure hull sphere.

Project Neptune will next head to the LYBRA Superyacht Show in Barcelona, Spain, as a means to float buyer interest (see what I did there?). After its public debut, Project Neptune will next head to full production status.

Order books are open now. Pricing is said to be around $4 million.

Project Neptune: Aston Martin and Triton Reveal Finalized Design For New Submarine
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Pricing is said to be around $4 million.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Aston Martin has ventured out on the high seas. Back in 2016, at the Monaco Yacht Show, the company debuted the AM37S, a high-performance speedboat doling out over 1,000 horsepower, capable of achieving a top speed of 50 knots (68 mph).

All told, these maritime vehicles make sense for a luxury automaker like Aston Martin, especially when you consider the company’s connection to James Bond, a well known enthusiast of high-speed powerboats and underwater escape vehicles.

But of course, it begs the question - what’s next? Perhaps an Aston Martin personal jet, or maybe even an Aston Martin rocket ship?

Fingers crossed.

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Aston Martin and Triton Submarines are pleased to announce successful completion of the design phase for Project Neptune, and the commencement of the first production model ahead of its public unveiling later this year.

Since the announcement of the creative collaboration in September 2017, Aston Martin and Triton have worked meticulously to refine the detailed design of the submersible’s hydrodynamics, body styling and luxurious interior packaging. For a vehicle to wear the iconic Aston Martin wings, it must be equipped with all the performance, beauty and elegance one has come to expect from the British marque. To earn a signature trident, the submersible must be safe, reliable and offer its passengers near 360º visibility. The final design of the submersible is testament to the extraordinary attention to detail of both design teams and reflects the complimentary values of each company.

To mark this key milestone, Project Neptune’s final technical specification was announced today, confirming that the submersible will be able to dive to depths of 500 metres and carry two passengers and a pilot. By improving the hydrodynamic efficiency, reducing frontal area, and increasing the power; the submersible will have an anticipated sprint speed in excess of 5 knots and approximately four times the acceleration of Triton’s flagship 3300/3 model.

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer commented: “The exterior design of Project Neptune owes a lot to the pursuit of performance. As with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the hyper-car we are developing with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, we have afforded as much attention to the hydrodynamics of the underside as we have the visible surfaces. Some of that detail may never be seen, but its effect will certainly be felt.

“Project Neptune’s interior was a great challenge. Unlike a sports car where the interiors are installed into an open-sided cabin before the doors are fitted, everything you see inside will be lowered through the upper-hatch and assembled within the completed sphere of the pressure hull. We have been able to present a congruous aesthetic that defies its multi-part complex installation.”

John Ramsay, Chief Technical Officer at Triton Submarines, commented: “The work we have done together on the exterior of the submersible pleases me most. I’m particularly proud of our joint development of the acrylic canopy and iridium coating. The prototypes look incredible, being simultaneously functional and beautiful.

John added: “The interior is quintessentially Aston Martin – a luxurious mix of hand-stitched leather and high-performance carbon fibre, assembled without obstructing the panoramic sight-lines that Triton submersibles are famous for.”

A range of three Designer Specifications created by Aston Martin’s in-house design team demonstrate the breadth of expression available through considered combinations of colour and trim, each accentuating Project Neptune’s sporting, luxury and maritime characteristics. Customisation and personalisation options will be available courtesy of Aston Martin’s bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin.

Aston Martin and Triton Submarines will be welcoming prospective buyers to explore such possibilities at this week’s LYBRA Superyacht Show in Barcelona, Spain. Those wishing to secure one of the remaining build-slots for Project Neptune should contact either their preferred Aston Martin dealer or their nominated Triton Submarine’s representative.

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