Aston Martin is a car brand associated with the image of elegant gentlemen, typically the image of the gallant agent 007 with a special Tuxedo. Aston Martin cars seem to be an indispensable part in every action scene of the 007 spy film series and it is also this film that inspired and brought the British luxury sports car brand to many people. more people. As a 109-year-old car brand, Aston Martin has repeatedly encountered incidents and gone through many stages with different executives.

Aston Martin was originally founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913, and they produced a number of cars as well as racing in the Aston Hill Climb event. In 1915, they built their own car nicknamed “Coal Scuttle”. Before World War I, the brand was named Aston Martin, a name that was a combination of Lionel Martin and the Aston Climb Hill race. After World War I, the brand went back into business with new racing cars and some regular street cars. Since 1924, the brand began to transform through many changes of ownership. However, no matter whose hands it is in, the brand always maintains its quality with high-performance cars that are handcrafted with the highest perfection.

Below are 7 things that any car enthusiast should know about the famous long-standing car brand Aston Martin, from here to better understand the meaning and development process of the British car brand:

1. Origin of the famous “DB” symbol

The DB car line is the best known among the Aston Martin brand’s car lines, and currently the DBS is the brand’s flagship model. D and B are the initials of David Brown, a British businessman who bought Aston in 1947. DB1 was born when David Brown decided to buy back the Lagonda brand. Even though Mr. Brown acquired the brand, in reality he mainly wanted the technical expertise of W.O. Bentley and his new Lagonda 2.6 liter inline 6-cylinder engine. This became the foundation for the Aston Martin DB5 and later, the car became the famous car of James Bond in impressive film series.

2. Ford once “saved” Aston Martin

During the 1970s and 1980s, Aston Martin changed hands continuously, sometimes even on the brink of bankruptcy. It requires an investment to last long. In May 1987, then Aston Martin owner and Walter Hayes, then vice president of Ford of Europe, were both present at the Mille Miglia revival event organized by Contessa Maggi. It was Mr. Walter Hayes who saw the value of Aston Martin, that’s why Ford bought shares in Aston Martin in 1987 and in 1993 bought the entire company.

3. Aston Martin with Mercedes-AMG engine

In 2013, Aston Martin signed a cooperation agreement with Daimler AG, this brand owns 5% of Aston Martin shares. At the same time, this agreement also brings a series of technological support from Mercedes such as infotainment and navigation systems. However, in 2016, the two brands came to an agreement to use Mercedes-AMG engines in the new DB11 model. Traditionally, Aston Martin will develop its own engine, but taking advantage of the AMG engine has brought a new breeze to this car model.

The car is equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine while the V12 version uses a completely new 5.2-liter engine. With an output power of 600 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 700 Nm of torque between 1,500-5,000 rpm, the V12 engine helps the car accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in just under 3.9 seconds.

4. Evolution of the Aston Martin Logo

The Aston Martin logo started out simply as a circle with the letters A and M designed to overlap. In 1932, the brand redesigned the logo with a pair of wings. Many opinions often say that changing the Aston Martin logo in 1932 meant that Aston Martin “borrowed” inspiration from the Bentley brand logo to represent speed.

However, in fact, at that time, Egyptology was a popular subject for the British and the inspiration for this logo came from the wings from the scarab beetle that was central to ancient religion. of Egypt. The name of the god Khepri is written in scarab hieroglyphs and represents existence, strength and the ability to thrive.

5. Meaning of the name Lagonda

A famous name often associated with Aston Martin is Lagonda. In fact, the full name of this brand is Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC. Lagonda was originally founded in 1906 by an American-born engineer named Wilbur Gunn. David Brown took over Aston Martin in 1947 and moved the Lagonda into Aston Martin’s premises to restart production. Aston Martin didn’t quite bring back the brand but revived the Rapide name for a sleek five-door sedan meant to evoke the Lagonda Rapide. In 1976, the brand based on the Aston Martin V8 platform to launch the Aston Martin Lagonda with a unique design.

Aston has talked about bringing the Lagonda name back to the luxury sedan segment so that Aston can reach other markets while keeping the Aston Martin name for sports cars. However, after that there was only the Lagonda Taraf model with a limited number of only 120 units produced between 2015 and 2016.

6. The first SUV line

Aston Martin once launched a luxury Crossover model equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This DBX model has received some skepticism about being somewhat “inferior” to its competitors, even “slower” than the Bentley Bentayga Speed and Lamborghini Urus. However, the brand recently launched the Aston Martin DBX707 model. This is the most powerful luxury SUV in the world with 697 horsepower from a refined twin-turbo V8 engine, and is equipped with a new wet clutch transmission, upgraded chassis, and with modifications to the overall appearance of the vehicle.

The car’s engine block is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine supplied by AMG that has been tweaked in some details by Aston Martin’s engineering team to produce an impressive 697 horsepower and torque. 900 Nm. With these tweaks, this high-performance SUV is 155 horsepower stronger and 200 Nm more torque than the DBX model equipped with a V8 engine.

7. Aston Martin Racing

After a long absence, Aston Martin returned to racing with the Aston Martin Racing team in 2004 and partnered with the Prodrive engineering team. The team has built cars mainly for the GT segment and the brand also participated in the Le Mans Prototype in 2009. Aston Martin has enjoyed success in the FIA World Endurance Championship winning a winning numbers and various trophies.

Aston Martin first participated in a Formula 1 race in 1959 but received defeat in 1960 with not very satisfactory results. In 2020 when Racing Point owner and driver Lawrence Stroll bought shares in the company, the Aston Martin F1 team returned. In 2021, the Aston Martin AMR21 was launched and in its first season the drivers achieved fifth and second place finishes at the Belgian and Azerbaijan Grand Prix with driver Sebastian Vettel participating. Lance Stroll earned sixth place at the Qatar Grand Prix.

 

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