As­ton’s quick­en­ing pulse

VANTAGE - - Viewpoint - Richard Meaden, ed­i­tor

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!

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