Through the midst of 2020’s chaos, there has been one thing that has managed to keep us excited, the arrival of the DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition. And whilst we have experienced a few minor delays, the moment we have all been waiting for is finally creeping that ever bit closer.
The 10 Limited Edition Supercars are heading towards the end of the production line at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon where they are being hand built ready to embark on their final journey before joining the hall of fame as one of Aston Martin Lagonda’s Special Editions.
The process to completion has been no mean feat. With over 30 bespoke Q features these cars adorn a one-of-a-kind paint colour ‘Concorde White’, lightweight paddle shifts, machined from authenticated Concorde metal and the iconic mach metre even sits in pole position.
Handcrafted by some of Britain's most highly-skilled craftsmen and women, all ten cars will be lovingly handbuilt and shall undergo a meticulous and bespoke build process which takes approx 225 hours per car. All of which is overseen by Aston Martin’s Q Department, who are famed for their bespoke personalisation services.
Once each car has joined the assembly line it will follow an intricate route, starting with Trim, Instrument Panels and Seats. These processes really showcase the hand crafting that Aston Martin are so known and loved for. The Dark Knight leather seats with Concorde embossing as well as the Alcantara roof lining will all start their life here where they are laminated, cut, sewn and tested to ensure the best possible quality and finish.
The journey will then continue as production begins on the Chassis and Bodywork of the DBS Concorde Editions. The Chassis of the DBS Superleggera is a lightweight structure with the layout of the masses and mechanical components carefully engineered and positioned to ensure optimum weight distribution and low centre of gravity. This ensures excellent handling and dynamic characteristics in a sports car.
The front wings, doors, bonnet and boot lid will be carefully fitted by hand. This manual intervention is critical in ensuring that all the panels are correctly aligned and that Aston Martin’s standards of quality are maintained. Doors are loaded with weights to simulate the fit representative of the final product. Skilled technicians then check body alignment and panel gaps before committing the car to paint.
Paint and Polish is an extremely intricate part of the DBS Concorde Editions build, it will actually account for up to 30% of the cars build time and the entire process can take up to 70 hours. ‘Concorde White’ has never before been seen on any Aston Martin and will be unique to these 10 cars only. Cars like the DBS Concorde Edition that are requiring special paint colours are done offline and completely by hand.
The final element in the build process is arguably the most exciting, it is where the cars will finally start to come to life and those special touches can be added. The marriage will take place and the Concorde Edition’s will be fitted with their powertrains and bespoke interior, transforming the painted structure into a powerful supercar. Plinths and badges are then carefully put into place.
The unique Concorde Fender badge, Union Jack Aston Martin Wings as well as the vehicle's signature of approval are all some of the final elements. The honorary signature is that of John Britton who was the Chief Concorde Engineer at Filton, Bristol.
Once the final seal is given, the Concorde Editions will then make their way to our team at Aston Martin Bristol, ready to join their new owners for what can only be described as the ultimate Christmas gift and the moment we have all been waiting for.
Which really leaves us with only one thing to say, prepare yourselves for the ultimate landing, the DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition is on it’s way, and we can assure you - it was worth the wait.
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