Spark of an idea
AN all-electric Aston Martin with more than 1000Nm and a 0-100km/h sprint time in the three-second range is the next target for the British brand.
As Aston unleashed its $2.5 million Vulcan road racer (pictured) at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, company chief Andy Palmer revealed that a zero-emission car is vital to the future.
“You really need a zero. I do believe we’ll be there,” he says.
“I see it as a strong possibility. It would be mighty fast to 100km/h. If you look at a Telsa it’s a pretty elegant car, but an Aston Rapide is more elegant.
“It’s more than a pipe dream. (But) do I have a project that’s fully funded and fully signedoff? No, we’re not there.”
Palmer says the Vulcan, aimed at Aston drivers who want a race-style track car, is more than halfway to selling out its 24-car production run.
Palmer, having only recently taken over in the hot seat at Aston Martin, has clear feelings on the brand and what it needs for new-model development, following a deal that allows it to tap into Daimler for technology.
“As long as legislation lets me, and I’m sitting in this seat with a beating heart, we’ll have a V12 engine. With idle stop and cylinder deactivation, you can make it work.”
He is also keeping a close eye on developments in autonomous driving. “I quite like the idea of a button that says ‘drift’,” he says.
He concedes autonomous driving could be a bonus to Aston Martin, as people split their driving between chores and enjoyment.
“An Aston is a driver’s car and always should be. An Aston (is hardly ever) the only car in the garage.
“I’m an advocate of the technology. I think Aston won’t be on the leading edge of that technology, although we could be because we take the Daimler electrical architecture.
“I think we’ll adopt it at the level of convenience. I think self-parking is extraordinarily relevant to the brand. It’s extremely interesting.”