So here she is!, the brand new “Q By Aston Martin” Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition, it starts off as a normal Vanquish S which is then completely reworked by Aston’s Q Division (Similar to Mclaren’s MSO).
it is finished in striking Eclat Red which mirrors the livery of the Red Arrows Hawks – with Eclat being the Red Arrows Motto.
Interior wise it has a One-77 derived steering wheel, RAF Inspired details such as Pinewood green inserts that evoke the design of the flight suits and the Martin Baker Ejection Seat fabric, the signature Red Arrows emblem of the nine aircraft in their well known ‘Diamond’ formation embroidered on the seat backs along with unique sill and engine plaques – with the latter being signed by the pilots of the Red Arrows in formation of build ( i.e N0.1 Red Arrows Pilot signing the first car so on so forth).
the RAF Areobatic logo will be embroidered on the transmission tunnel, the vehicle will be a 2+0 layout allowing for storage of unique Red Arrows Racing helmets, the switchgear on the steering wheel will be inspired by aviation instrumentation, there is also Black/yellow hatched design pattering on the seat folds and door pulls.
on the outside there is subtle details including white and blue carbon livery detailing to the white ‘smoke trail’ feature on the side strakes, a carbon fibre roof panel mimicking the canopy design of the jets, union jack enamel wing badges as well as a titanium exhaust system finish off the exterior package.
there is only going to be 10 examples in the entire world with 9 going to customers and the last one being gifted to the RAF Benevolent Fund which provides support to former servicemen of the RAF and their families.
The car celebrates the 52nd anniversary of the Official Aerobatics Team of the RAF or as we know it The Red Arrows who started in 1965 beginning with the Folland Gnat Trainer Jet and then eventually going onto the Hawks of today – over the years The Red Arrows have became synonymous with incredible precision and an amazing spectacle with them doing shows all over the world from events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed to Royal events and also various Air shows.
The Aston Martin brings all the best aspects of The Red Arrows and puts them into an absolutely gorgeous package to stun even the non car people of the world – Aston Martin have done a really good job on the car!
The car is the 3rd Aston Martin Special edition from Aston Martin Cambridge; the same branch who created and commissioned the 80 V12 Vantage S Spitfire Edition cars which celebrated the Spitfires first flight and also the Vantage S Blades Edition.
Performance wise it is unchanged apart from the Titanium exhaust system meaning it’s V12 has 592bhp & 465ib ft and a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a 201mph top speed, prices haven’t been released as of yet but expect it to be in the £200K – £250K range upwards.
By Alex Jebson