The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is an enormously fast car. However, the aircraft inspired by it can fly at twice the speed of sound, with an example that recorded a record on the ground at 1470 miles per hour. While DBS Concorde will be able to 211 miles per hour.
This is an aircraft considered to be one of the high points of commercial aviation. The supersonic performance allows Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde to compress travel from New York to London to under three and a half hours. Famously, it was quick enough when heading west to land before it had taken off. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Concorde’s first flight, Aston Martin has created a commemorative version of the DBS Superleggera coupe.
This is a limited edition, only 10 will be produced. In particular they will be sold exclusively, although Aston Martin’s agent in Bristol, UK, near the Filton factory has built examples of famous British aircraft.
In celebration of the last 16 years of G-BOAF’s flight, Aston launched the car yesterday. The last Concorde plane, currently in a museum in Filton.
Some details were changed in the regular DBS Superleggera, all are cosmetics. The most obvious is a livery inspired by that of British Airways, which operated the Concorde alongside Air France. The car is covered by white and a red rail on the side straps. Union-flag-inspired red, white, and blue details on the front bumper, diffuser and rear spoiler. There are also a Concorde graphic on the carbon-fiber roof, milled aluminum Concorde shapes in the front wing intakes, and small versions of BA’s “speedmarque” logo on the lower wings. Each car will also carry a painted version of the registration carried by one of the original Concorde fleet.
The specific details of the aircraft are also clearly shown inside the vehicle.
Concorde logos are embossed into the leather of the front seats. There are miniature red, white, and blue Concorde graphics surrounding the speaker covers on the carbon-fiber door trim. Most especially, there is a graphical version of the altitude and speed reading display that Concorde uses to deliver information to its exclusive first-class customers on the fly. While this is a car. Even if the DBS is incapable of exceeding 0.27 Mach at sea level. The paddle shifters behind the steering wheel are also made from titanium recovered from the compressor blades used by the Concorde’s Rolls-Royce Olympus turbo-jet engines.
The DBS Superleggera Concorde edition is its fourth aviation-inspired special. Aston previously produced a version of Vanquish S Red Arbow Edition, Vantage Blades Edition and V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80.