Buy yourself an Aston Martin submarine!
Here's a surprise: Aston Martin and Triton have announced the completion of their joint design for Project Neptune – a submarine. Bring on the Bond references...
Aston Martin and Triton Submarines have unveiled their collaborative design for Project Neptune, a joint project to create a limited number of minisubs. Production of the first model is due to commence shortly ahead of a public unveiling later in 2018.
Since the announcement of the project back in September 2017, both Triton and Aston Martin have pushed the boat out to ensure styling and detailed design remains par with the more conventional road-going vehicle.
To boast the Aston Martin emblem, every 'vehicle' must tick all the boxes in terms of refinement, performance, beauty and elegance. In addition to these strict criteria, the submersible must also be safe, dependable and – in this case, at least – offer passengers near 360º visibility.
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To mark this key accomplishment, Project Neptune's final technical specification was announced as of this afternoon; confirming an ability to dive down to depths of 500 meters while carrying two passengers and a pilot. Top speed is quoted as 5 knots (6mph).
A spokesperson for the project explained: '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.'
If having one of these luxurious submersibles isn't quite enough, you can select from a range of three designer specifications, crafted by Aston Martin’s in-house design team. These can be customised further with personalised options courtesy of Aston Martin’s bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin.
On that subject, just you wait for a cameo in the next Bond film...
Fancy having an up-close look? Aston Martin and Triton Submarines will be welcoming prospective buyers to explore the submersible at this week’s LYBRA Superyacht Show in Barcelona, Spain.
Already sold? Although numbers are strictly limited, you can register interest through your local Aston Martin dealer or their nominated Triton Submarine’s representative.
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