Aston’s quickening pulse
SUCH IS THE PACE of change at Aston Martin, it’s sometimes hard to keep up. So in this issue of Vantage we’ve decided to apply the parking brake and take stock. Of both the metal and the people who are providing material for the next chapter in Aston’s remarkable 104-year narrative.
The metal element was relatively simple. Take the new DB11 and even newer Vanquish S to some of our favourite roads, explore their performance and become intimately acquainted with their divergent characters. Suffice to say it was a fascinating few days in the company of two tremendous cars.
A visit to Aston’s Gaydon HQ has always been the best barometer of what’s going on. I’m not sure why, but stepping into the airy VIP Reception is like taking the company’s pulse. In trickier times the atmosphere feels hushed and subdued, but for a good while now the place has been clearly pulsing with positive energy.
Someone right at the heart of that buzz is Aston’s new chief technical officer, Max Szwaj, the man who will be the architect of Aston Martin’s future model-lines. In the job for barely two months at the time of our interview, Szwaj was deep in the immersion stage: absorbing information, getting to know his colleagues and simply enjoying being a part of a marque for which he has held life-long affection. A brilliant engineer and a true enthusiast, Szwaj is just the right man at just the right time.
Frustratingly, our print deadline means we’re unable to share some big items of news with you, the headline-grabber being the name of the Aston/red Bull hypercar, so far known only as AM-RB 001. All will be revealed at the Geneva motor show. We have a feeling you’ll approve!