It's here. The spectacular brainchild of a partnership between Aston Martin Bristol and two iconic home-grown brands: British Airways and Aston Martin Lagonda. To celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the British-built Concorde’s first flight and BA’s 100th birthday, we've launched the awe inspiring Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition.
To find out more about the design challenges faced by the team developing this superlative car, we spoke to Rob Lihou, a designer at Q by Aston Martin who worked this unique project.
Rob, what is it like to work for the Q by Aston Martin design team? Do you enjoy having the opportunity to create such extraordinary bespoke vehicles for customers?
It's my dream job. It's a privilege being entrusted with customers' visions of their perfect Aston. It could be a truly bespoke coach-built car like the V600 Vantage, or a car that uses unique materials and colours to express a passion or an idea of what their ideal Aston would look like.
Was it challenging to try and recreate the iconic designs of Concorde while staying true to the design principles of DBS Superleggera?
There is so much about Concorde that inspires people – far more than just the beauty and grace of its lines. We wanted to capture some of the wonder of a luxury passenger vehicle that travels faster than the speed of sound. In that sense we were part way there with the power, luxury and beauty of the DBS Superleggera.
We were inspired by the beauty of aerodynamic models that showed the air flowing over the aircraft. So on the interior we took the simplicity of the line-patterned Concorde cabin carpet that we sourced for the floor mats and reflected and abstracted that onto the head liner with a graphic that expresses a sonic boom.
What makes the DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition so special?
It's a celebration of the great British science and engineering that, in partnership with France, resulted in this unsurpassed achievement.
What is your favourite feature of the Aston Martin DBS Concorde Edition?
I like the way the elegantly aerodynamic lines of the aircraft are captured in the unique side strake design. I love the fact that it's milled from billet aluminium and set in the air-flow created by the carbon fibre fins of the car.
How many hours went into the design process of the DBS Concorde Edition?
We haven't collated all the hours yet! But eight people worked on this project from across the entire design team, plus five Design Managers and coordinators who were overseeing the process.
Don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime limited edition fly past
Only 10 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition cars will ever be built by the Q at Aston Martin Team. With each one bearing one of the unique Civil Aviation Authority aircraft identifier numbers issued to the 10 Concorde built at Filton. To enquire, contact Aston Martin Bristol now on 01173 216 704.