Aston Martin: British Power, British Performance
Aston Martin was founded in the early 20th century with an eye towards
speed. Founded by British racing enthusiasts and engineers, its pre-war
cars were bumpy and uncomfortable – but also unbeatable in the Grand
Touring races where they competed. Continued development throughout the 20s
and 30s ensured that their cars were among the fastest in Europe, with the
largest engines available. However, it was in the post-war years,
especially the 1950s and 60s, that Aston martin was truly able to shine.
Aston truly became a marque to be reckoned with in the 1960s, when they
began to produce six-cylinder British roadsters. While not as famous or
popular as the Jaguar E-Type, they were nonetheless powerful, well built,
and a little bit faster. The company tumbled in the 1970s only to resurrect
in the 1980s, where their re-emergence ultimately led to a buyout by Ford.
The company changed hands again, this time to independent owners, in 2007.
Five Remarkable Things about Aston Martin
yet he drives a Mercedes.
company representatives drove across the Pan-Asian Highway, beginning in
Tokyo and driving all the way to Istanbul – without a single breakdown!
competes only in Grand Touring races.
Aston Martin Car Models
The most famous car Aston currently produces is the Aston Martin DB9.
Launched in 2004 as a Grand Touring sports car, it has a 469 hp engine out
of the gate, enabling the Aston Martin DB9 to plow past most other Grand
Touring cars. The DB9 also comes in several heavily tuned versionslike the DBS. With tight suspensions and powerful engines,
these highly tuned monsters have set new record times on the Nurburgring,
demonstrating their handling as well as their top speed.
The company’s other main car is the Aston Martin Vanquish. While heavier
than the DB9, the Vanquish is very powerful and
carefully tuned for maximum speed. It is more comfortable than the DB9, and
uses a “semi-automatic” sequential gearbox. The current 2012 re-make of the
Vanquish will feature a traditional manual gearbox as an option, but it
will also feature significantly more power. An effort has been made to give
it more speed and a better handling than the DB9. This is done in a way that it will
be a comfortable and practical daily car, while still being able to
outperform anything it would normally encounter.