- Limited-edition Vanquish S inspired by RAF
- Third Q to be produced by Aston Martin
- 10th unit to raffled by RAF Benevolent Fund
GAYDON, England – Spectacular British aviation skills, Aston Martin says, were the inspiration for the brand’s latest ‘Q by Aston Martin’ creation – the Vanquish S Red Arrows edition.
The Red Arrows is the official aerobatic unit of Britain’s Royal Air Force.
Only 10 have been commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, each with special design features, a hand-crafted interior and graphic elements that use the visual language of aviation and focus on the skill and agility of the Red Arrows.
The team was formed in 1965 and quickly achieved a reputation for incredible precision and awesome spectacle from Folland Gnat trainers to the BAE Systems Hawk in 1980. The nine pilots transform the razor-sharp reactions of fast-jet flying into spectacular displays that have thrilled crowds the world over.
The Q by Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition is finished in a striking red – called Eclat (a French word meaning ‘splinter’ or ‘burst’, a frequent effect in the Arrows’ display) Red to celebrate the vivid livery of the display Hawks.
It is also the Arrows’ motto.
The cars also have a number of subtle details to enhance the bodywork and interior, from white and blue carbon livery detail (the planes’ white ‘smoke trail’ against a blue sky) feature along the side.
An exposed carbon-fibre roof-panel includes an inlaid ‘charge’ pattern mimicking the canopy design of a fast jet; Union Jack (the British national flag) enamel wing badges and a titanium exhaust complete the exterior package.
The cabin has Red Arrows- and RAF-inspired details such as the green inserts that evoke the design of the classic flight suit and Martin Baker Ejection Seat fabric, together with the green seat belts.
The signature Red Arrows emblem of nine aircraft in classic ‘diamond’ formation is embroidered on the seat backs, along with unique sill and signed engine inspection plaques by the equivalent number ‘Red’ pilot in the squadron.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team logo is embroidered on the transmission tunnel, and the rear of the cabin is finished in the 2+0 configuration, leaving rear stowage for two racing helmets finished in the Red Arrows livery.
The One-77-derived steering-wheel has been matched with a bespoke central rotary switch inspired by aviation instrumentation and switches, including a black/yellow hatched design pattern on seat fold and door pulls.
The doors are embroidered with a graphic of the iconic ‘Vixen Break,’ a spectacular, high-G, nine-aircraft formation.
“The Vanquish S,” its builder says, “is a high-performance masterpiece, a fitting culmination to this iconic model’s production run and one of the most agile road-going Aston Martins yet built/.
“It delivers muscular performance with an analogue connection between driver and road. Just as the BAE Systems Hawk communicates every facet of the flying experience to its pilot, the Vanquish S provides a truly visceral drive, making it a perfect match for the spectacularly aerobatic Hawk.”
Each Q by Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows sale will include “bespoke” accessories that could include race and suits, embroidered bomber jackets and Vanquish S luggage. Even a 1:18 model of their car and Hawk aircraft.
The 10th car of the special run will be given to the RAF Benevolent Fund, a charity which supports former servicemen and women and their families, to be raffled to raise money. It will be received by the former RAF St Athan facility in South Wales, soon to become Aston Martin’s second manufacturing site in the UK.
WHERE TO GET ONE…
A year earlier Aston Martin Cambridge produced a V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 Edition, marking 80 years of the Supermarine Spitfire’s first flight, Before that was a Vantage S Blades Edition, developed in collaboration with the Blades Aerobatic Display Team.
The Q by Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition was announced at the Reds 1 through 9 are available to purchase through Aston Martin Cambridge.