Q by Aston Martin specialises in the unique, the exceptional and the innovative. As Aston Martin’s in-house team of bespoke designers and craftspeople, the Q commissioning service is designed to give customers the ultimate freedom of expression. Q by Aston Martin has also delivered a number of exclusive limited-edition series, celebrating anniversaries, events and key moments in Aston Martin’s history with purpose-design elements, paint schemes, materials and detailing.
The Aston Martin Wings Series is a new initiative from Q by Aston Martin, which brings together all the company’s aeronautical-themed projects. Aston Martin’s connection with aviation — and the UK’s Royal Air Force in particular — dates back decades: three of the company’s four key locations occupy former RAF stations — the factories at Gaydon and St Athan, and Wellesbourne, formerly the wartime RAF Wellesbourne Mountford, now the home of Q Advanced Operations and where Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla will be built.
In addition, several notable Q projects have helped cement this link, including the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition in 2017, a Q by Aston Martin-Commission from Aston Martin Cambridge. Just 10 of these special cars were built, with nine offered for sale and “Red 10” raffled for more than £1.46m for the RAF Benevolent Fund. The special-edition cars contained details linked directly to the famous display team, including the signature Red Arrows emblem of nine aircraft in classic “diamond” formation embroidered on the headrests of the Obsidian Black-trimmed leather seats.
Other aviation-inspired projects have included the V8 Vantage S Blades Edition, named after the British aerobatics team, and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80, again commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge. Eight Spitfire 80 cars were built by Q by Aston Martin, painted in Duxford Green with a trademark Spitfire yellow pinstripe, as a celebration of the 80th anniversary in 2016 of the Supermarine Spitfire’s first flight.
The latest edition to the Wings Series is the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition, a run of 10 cars commissioned by Aston Martin Bristol to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary supersonic airliner’s first flight. Developed in collaboration with British Airways, the DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition features unique elements inspired by the aircraft’s remarkable technical accomplishments. Bespoke side strakes are milled from solid aluminium, while BA’s colours are incorporated on the roof strake, aero blade and rear diffuser. Concorde’s iconic silhouette is deployed as a graphic on the black tinted carbon fibre roof and the paddle shifters are made from aluminium sourced from Concorde G-BOAB, which travellers from Heathrow will be familiar with. Naturally, the DBS Superleggera’s status as Aston Martin’s exemplary super GT delivers impressive performance — albeit not quite in the same league as Concorde’s Mach 2.02 cruising speed.
“Aston Martin will always be synonymous with aviation, from our wings logo to the heritage of our manufacturing sites across the UK,” says Andy Palmer, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda. “I look forward to seeing our future aviation-related special editions.”