Famous models ranging from the DB5 to the Vulcan use the empty hangars for the new plant as an automotive playground.
Aston Martin will eventually start building vehicles like the DBX crossover and new Lagondas at its site in St Athan, Wales. At the moment, the former Royal Air Force hangars are empty, and the British automaker is celebrating the acquisition in the best way possible. Twenty-eight Astons Martins from the brand’s 104-year history are assembled for a short film that allows World Endurance Championship drivers Darren Turner and Nicki Thiim, plus the company’s chief engineer Matt Becker, to take them for a spin. In all, the collection of vehicles is worth 65 million pounds (approx. $113M CAD).
The collection of cars on display showcases Aston Martin’s entire history, and the drivers don’t baby them. Modern rarities like the One-77 and Vulcan slide around the empty hangars, and some of the company’s most important racers speed through it. Even the unloved Cygnet gets some screen time.
St Athan factory will start assembling the DBX in late 2019. The site will support building 7,000 cars a year, which will essentially double the automaker’s production capacity, and it will employ 750 people. Aston Martin will also tailor the plant for allowing the company to build electrified vehicles in the future, including a likely variant of the upcoming crossover.
In addition to building a new factory, Aston Martin is keeping busy by prepping the Valkyrie hypercar for ultra-wealthy clients. With a design by Red Bull Racing F1 Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, the low-slung coupe looks like no other vehicle on sale. It features a Cosworth-designed 6.5-litre V12 with 850 horsepower. While competitors might be more powerful, the Valkyrie allegedly weighs a mere 850 kilograms for an impressive 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. The company is building just 150 for the road and 25 track-only variants.
There appears to be an incredibly brief look at the next-gen Aston Martin V8 Vantage’s headlight in this clip, too. The coupe shares a platform with the DB11 but is smaller. A 4.0-litre biturbo V8 from Mercedes-AMG powers the shark-nosed coupe.
Source: Aston Martin