THE owners of the strictly limited Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition were given the keys to their highly prized new sports cars at a memorable handover day.
Just 10 cars were commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, celebrating two of the most iconic marques in British history. Each of the customised vehicles was designed to emulate the experience of piloting a Hawk jet of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.
Aston Martin’s personalisation service, Q by Aston Martin, worked alongside the dealership to create the Vanquish S Red Arrows edition. The design – including detailed styling such as the Red Arrows signature colour finish of Eclat Red Pearlescent, blue and white ‘smoke trails’ on side skirts into the rear diffuser and a Union flag tail fin motif – was approved by the Ministry of Defence and Royal Air Force.
Each car has also been designed after one particular Red Arrows jet, with customised details including formation and serial number found throughout.
The new owners and VIP guests gathered at the home of the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire for the formal unveiling. The day also featured a number of breathtaking activities, including a spectacular Red Arrows flypast over the airfield. Guests could also experience a Red Arrows pilot briefing, take a flight in a privately owned R44 or King Air helicopter, and enjoy talks by Aston Martin president and chief executive Andy Palmer, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, and Squadron Leader David Montenegro.
Simon Lane, dealer principal at Aston Martin Cambridge, said: ‘The Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition is a stunning example of what can be achieved through Q by Aston Martin.
‘By collaborating to bring Aston Martin and the Red Arrows together in this unique way, we feel it is a fitting tribute to the very best of British achievement and engineering prowess.
‘Each of the cars is a stunning example of automotive excellence and design aspiration and will offer their owners a truly unique motoring experience in the years to come.’
Montenegro said: ‘The Red Arrows represent the best of British, not just in the air with precision flying but also in our teamwork and engineering excellence on the ground.
‘These qualities of innovation and creativity are naturally shared with Aston Martin and can been seen with this one-off car.’
Aston Martin Cambridge also donated one of the cars to the RAF Benevolent Fund to be raffled off. Tickets can be bought via https://www.rafbf.org/red10 and the raffle closes on December 1, 2017, with the draw taking place on December 8.
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