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A Distinguished Heritage

In 1914, the founders of Aston Martin, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, began building handcrafted, high-performance sports cars. They believed sports cars should have a distinctive and individual character, be built to the highest standards and be exhilarating to drive and own. More than 90 years later these values remain true today.

Aston Martin has earned a reputation for another speciality: building lifelong one-to-one relationships wîth each of its cars and wîth every owner. This is due to meticulous records and archives, plus personal attention from experts at the factory.

The Vanquish S effortlessly combines 21st Century technology and 200 mph (321 km/h) performance, wîth understated elegance and craftsmanship.

To build such an extraordinary car, the company has used British expertise in aerospace and race-car engineering. Conventional automotive materials and manufacturing techniques were not good enough for the fastest road car in Aston Martin’s history.

Styling

Power, Beauty Soul

The lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre structure of Vanquish S is unique to Aston Martin. It is this special combination of materials that gives the Vanquish S such enormous strength and torsional rigidity for superior handling, safety and durability. This technology has become the Aston Martin signature of today; just as hand-formed aluminium panels were in the past. (The aluminium body panels are still hand finished. It is the best way to achieve a superb finish.)

As Aston Martin spearheads developments of its innovative construction techniques, so it also leads wîth its sophisticated engine and Formula One-style transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The Vanquish S uses the most powerful version ever of Aston Martin’s highly acclaimed 6.0-litre V12.

The six-speed manual transmission is operated by F1-style paddles mounted on the §teering wheel column. It can change gear in approximately 250 milliseconds – or the blink of an eye.

The Vanquish S is unmistakably an Aston Martin. It is elegant, powerful and dynamic. But there is also a hint of menace in this classic Aston Martin design, wîth a dynamic tension in its shape accentuated by the rear flanks and their almost animal-like ‘muscularity’.

The Vanquish S offers traditional Aston Martin style and a real depth of time-honoured British craftsmanship. But these skills are combined wîth modern ingenuity. The result is the Vanquish S – a car unlike any other.

V12 Power Performance

Designed to Stir the Soul

Aston Martin’s hand-built 6.0-litre V12 is renowned as one of the finest engines in the world: enormously powerful, smooth and beautiful. It can also lay claim to being the world’s best-sounding high performance car engine. In the Vanquish S, it reaches its zenith.

Maximum power is 520 bhp (388 kW) at 7000 rpm, wîth maximum torque of 425 lb ft (577 Nm) at 5800 rpm.

Such power delivers sterling performance. Indeed, this is the fastest-ever road going Aston Martin. Top speed is more than 200 mph (321 km/h), the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) dash is accomplished in only 4.8 seconds while 0-100 mph (160 km/h) takes just 9.8 seconds. But it is the mid-range acceleration that is truly sensational; 50-70 mph (80-112 km/h) takes only 6.5 seconds in sixth gear.

Overtaking is effortless.

A key factor in the engine’s efficiency is its high-speed multiplex communications system, called PTEC (Power Train Electronic Control), which is capable of transmitting information in four one-thousandths of a second. There are two PTECs, one for each bank of cylinders, linked by a high-speed system that controls the fuel injection and spark timing.

Engine changes in the Vanquish S include new cylinder head castings wîth revised inlet ports and combustion chambers wîth revised profiles to improve airflow. A remapped engine management system, together wîth new fuel injectors and spark plugs takes advantage of this improved airflow. Finally, new hot forged connecting rods have been designed to handle the increased cylinder pressure.

As you would expect, the Vanquish S engine meets all emissions requirements worldwide, including California’s strict LEV (Low Emissions Vehicle) standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com)

There is no mechanical link between the Vanquish S throttle pedal and engine. Instead the movement of the throttle is electronically measured to gauge how fast the driver wishes to go. This information is then fed to the engine management system which makes the engine respond accordingly.

The PTEC system links constantly to the six-speed manual transmission, which is operated by an electro-hydraulic gearshift. Únlike some systems, the Vanquish S allows the driver to ‘skip’ down changes from say, sixth to fourth or fifth to second wîth a pull on the paddle for each gear change. A failsafe system ensures the engine will not over-rev and will automatically opt for the next highest ratio.

The driver has a number of gear change modes to choose from. In Select Shift Manual (SSM) mode, the driver shifts gears up and down using the §teering column-mounted shift paddles (right to upshift, left to downshift). The only time the system intervenes for the driver is at the red line, when the computer automatically upshifts.

Additionally, there is Auto Shift Manual (ASM) mode, in which the computer takes care of all gear selections according to engine and road speed without driver intervention. But even in ASM mode, subtle use of the throttle can induce gear changes to enhance the driving experience.

There is an optional ‘Sport’ mode in both settings. In SSM Sport, the system allows the driver to ‘bounce’ against the rev limiter without shifting automatically. ASM Sport allows the gearbox to rev higher to use more of the engine’s power, and shifts more quickly.

Individually Hand-Built

Despite the high-technology specifications, the Vanquish S is built in the same manner as other Aston Martins before it, one at a time, by hand. An individual craftsman takes responsibility for the creation of every car.

In preparation for production of the Vanquish, the factory at Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, England, received a multi-million-pound refurbishment that included an all-new assembly line, paint shop, rolling road and water test facility, which simulates monsoon conditions to ensure a watertight interior. Today, technicians who used to hold old-fashioned welding guns now wield dual-feed adhesive guns to bond together composite components, crash structures and aluminium panels.

Bonding, which does not distort the structure in any way, leads to a more dimensionally accurate chassis than traditional welded steel.

Aston Martin engineers have ensured that these 21st century aerospace skills and materials come together to form a car that raises the standards in performance, quality, safety, durability and comfort.

The assembly process begins in a special bonding jig housed in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. The specially developed braided carbon fibre ‘A’ posts are first bonded to the aluminium core, followed by the carbon fibre ‘backbone’ tunnel.

Next, the rear structure, plenum assembly, bodysides, rear wings, and roof are all bonded to the aluminium monocoque using a special polyurethane adhesive. From there, the body shell moves to the front-end simulator jig, where boot lid, doors, bonnet, front wings and bumpers are fitted to check alignment.

In the paint shop, each body receives five coats of surface primer, two coats of colour and two coats of clearcoat. The painted bodies, which are hand-buffed after each application, take two days to finish.

In the final assembly area, the twin-pump fuel tank is first fitted in its own safety cell in a cavity above the rear axle. Next, engine and transmission, fuel and brake lines, underbody heat-shielding, air conditioning, electrical harnesses and interior sound deadening are fitted.

Meanwhile the front-end structure, which will carry the front suspension and engine, is assembled, as is the rear suspension. These are then loaded to the ‘marriage jig’ where the painted body is lowered into place and the front crash structure bonded on.

Once the car is on its wheels, craftsmen begin to hand-produce the cabin. This process takes more than 70 hours of labour and eight hides of leather.

When finished, §teering and suspension alignment are checked using laser alignment tools. The glass ‘start’ button on the dashboard is then pressed for the first time. Testing on the rolling road, on nearby roads, in the water booth, and a final inspection, complete the build process.

In all, it takes just over 396 man hours to create each Vanquish S, or around six weeks from raw materials to the finished article.

Handling

High Torsional Rigidity: Optimum Steering Suspension

An Aston Martin, especially the ultimate Aston Martin, needs to delight its driver like no other car. It needs fast, predictable handling, and superb road holding. It needs to thrill, yet never surprise.

The Vanquish S is one of the best handling and most predictable cars in the world. It communicates to the driver wîth utmost faithfulness, and yet wîth total entertainment.

The key to its nimbleness, and predictability, is its light yet massively stiff body structure. Nothing dulls performance like weight. The lower the weight, the sharper the response.

No great athlete is overweight. Nor is a truly great sports car. The aerospace-style body structure also imparts superb torsional strength, much greater than a conventional steel body.

So the car stays in shape, no matter what the conditions.

This lack of body flex means the suspension and braking system can be designed without the compromises implicit in a body structure that is more pliable. The result is greater sharpness, great driver feedback, a richer driving experience.

The suspension is light, and race-car like in design. Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension is used front and rear, combined wîth springs and dampers biased for superb handling. Precise ‘quick ratio’ §teering improves nimbleness and driving precision.

Specially developed high-performance unidirectional tyres mounted on lightweight 11-spoke 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels, further improve handling.

Performance Safety

The Vanquish S has one of the most advanced construction techniques of any road car, using composite materials and processes familiar to the aerospace business but rarely seen in the motor.

Each car starts as a heat-cured aluminium bonded monocoque, known as the ‘tub’, which uses a combination of extruded and folded aluminium panels that are bonded and then riveted together. The tub is bonded to a nine-layer carbon fibre tunnel, which gives the Vanquish S an extremely rigid yet lightweight backbone.

The benefit of a carbon fibre tunnel over aluminium is its high strength-to-weight ratio. To provide the same levels of strength and rigidity, an aluminium tunnel would be approximately twice as heavy.

Carbon fibre also provides superior insulation from transmission and exhaust heat in the passenger cabin. It is this unique combination of tub and tunnel that gives the Vanquish S its structural rigidity and allowed engineers to develop a suspension that combines precise road behaviour wîth unrivalled ride quality.

The aluminium body panels are shaped using a patented Superform process invented for the aerospace. The aluminium forms are submitted to 480-degrees centigrade temperatures and 150 psi air pressure to create the deep-drawn profiles of the Vanquish S, which are very difficult to mould from traditional aluminium stampings.

Final shaping and detailing of each body panel are done as they always have been at Aston Martin – by hand, to ensure flawless edges and finish. This is not just for sentimental reasons of heritage. It is still the best way to finish complicated panels.

Aston Martin was not content wîth complying wîth the most stringent crash criteria. The Vanquish S comfortably exceeds them, thanks in part to the front end’s two forward-mounted technically innovative composite rails.

The rails consist of three elements. The first is a layer of glass fibres aligned in one direction. A second layer of carbon fibres is laid at 90 degrees to the first layer to maintain the integrity of the glass fibres in a crash.

A third corrugated glass fibre composite element is used as the carrier structure to hold the crash rails in position. Similar composite parts are used in the boot floor to protect the car from rear impacts.

As a matter of convenience and safety, the Vanquish S is equipped wîth a sophisticated tyre pressure monitoring system. If the air pressure in a tyre drops below a level optimal for maximum driving speeds, a facia-mounted warning light will instantly illuminate.

If the sensor light flashes, it means that pressure in one of the tyres has become dangerously low. A boot-mounted LCD readout enables the driver to identify the faulty tyre. Additionally, rain-sensing wipers and automatic lights are standard.

Intelligent Engineering

Reassurance in an Únpredictable World

The Vanquish S is full of technological innovation, designed to improve strength and safety. The advanced aluminium and carbon fibre body is replete wîth world firsts. One example is the specially developed braided carbon-fibre used for the ‘A’ posts and the engine bay cross brace.

Engineers from Aston Martin invented a novel braiding process that encases a polyurethane foam core wîth triaxial carbon fibre. The result is an immensely strong yet light structure capable of withstanding the force of a crash or rollover.

Passive safety is only part of the equation. Equally vital in any car, and especially one wîth the performance of this Aston Martin, is dynamic safety. The Vanquish S epitomises this wîth superbly responsive handling, giving the driver every chance to avoid any dangerous obstacle or situation.

The brakes provide enormous stopping power. The huge 378 mm ventilated front discs are gripped by new six piston calipers. The rear discs are thicker to help heat dissipation and give better fade resistance.

Both front and rear discs are mounted on a patented floating mechanism designed to maintain consistent pedal feel under sustained heavy braking. The brake pads use competition friction material tuned to the disc and caliper to provide enhanced performance and stability.

The Antilock Brake System (ABS) incorporates Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) which re-balances front and rear braking forces under different loads. This helps optimise the braking performance of the car, cutting stopping distances in an emergency.

Traction control monitors wheel spin and adjusts engine power accordingly. When engaged, the Wheel Slip Protection (WSP) mode operates the clutch and gearbox, auto-shifting at 3200 rpm in low-grip conditions to prevent sliding. But it is not just the mechanicals that make a car safer.

The design team spent many hours in the wind tunnel honing the car’s profile to ensure stability throughout its speed range and adequate airflow for power and cooling.

A Formula One-style venturi and flat underbody increase aerodynamic efficiency while also increasing the car’s balance and stability at high speed, essential in a 200 mph supercar. At the rear, an aerodynamically profiled boot lid reduces lift.

Even the classic grille plays its part – on the Vanquish S, its rounder, more open appearance does more than enhance cooling. It is complemented by an aerodynamic ‘splitter’ at the front, which improves high-speed stability.

Personality Style

Hand Trimmed in Natural Materials

Great design is an Aston Martin hallmark. The company has made some of the world’s most beautiful sports cars. While other road users enjoy the external beauty of the Vanquish S, both driver and passenger will be equally impressed by the interior‚ a stunning blend of future and tradition.

Dominating the cabin is a striking leather centre console that arches from the top of the facia down to the transmission tunnel. Grab handles and gear shift paddles are finished in matching cast aluminium, while other interior styling materials, such as full grain leather, Alcantara and Wilton carpet, are used to echo Aston Martin heritage. So does the black-on-cream instrumentation, wîth numerals changing to a soothing blue at night.

Owners have the choice of two interior configurations: a 2+2 wîth rear seats or a pure two-seater wîth a rear shelf to accommodate a golf bag or personal items of luggage. As wîth all Aston Martins, customers are free to select whichever colour they choose either from Aston Martin’s extensive palette, or their own imagination and taste.

Personalisation

An Exclusive Sports Car Tailored for Individuals

Personalised sill plaques

Manufactured from high quality stainless steel, these optional personalised sill plaques may be engraved wîth your name, title or special message or wording.

Satellite navigation system*

With the satellite navigation system, guidance is provided by means of audible instructions (voice guidance), complemented by diagrammatic information, which is displayed on the LCD panel of the radio. The system uses GPS and advanced map matching algorithms for pinpoint accuracy.

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Integral GSM telephone*

The optional Motorola fixed integral telephone system has an 8 W output for clarity and excellent overall call quality. Installed into a cradle in the central cubby-box, the integral telephone interfaces wîth a microphone in the roof console and may be controlled either through a key pad and buttons on the radio, or by using the handset itself. Telephone-related messages are shown on the audio system display when the telephone is active.

Coloured brake calipers

Adding a flash of colour to the brakes, and as an alternative to the standard graphite grey colour, optional brake calipers in red, silver or black may be specified.

Front wheel stone guards

When driving over loose or gravel surfaces these optional stone guards are designed to provide additional protection to the leading edge of the car’s sills.

Powerfold exterior mirrors*

For ease of manoeuvrability in tight spaces and for peace of mind when parked, these optional electronic folding door mirrors retract at the touch of a button, and include an electrochromatic function which links to the car’s interior electrochromatic rear view mirror for synchronised automatic ‘dipping’ at night.

Designed to coordinate wîth your interior leather colour, sections of this optional wheel may be specified in the colour of your choice.

Aluminium trim §teering wheel

Designed to coordinate perfectly wîth the platinum interior details, the optional aluminium trim §teering wheel provides a contemporary alternative to the standard all leather §teering wheel.

Heated front screen

For the ultimate in convenience on those frosty winter mornings, the optional heated front screen defrosts in seconds at the touch of a button.

Smokers’ pack

For smokers, the standard central oddments tray may be replaced wîth an optional cigar lighter and ashtray.

Exterior chrome door handles

Available at no extra cost to replace standard body colour door handles.

Cup holder

A single cup holder, trimmed wîth a leather outer and fitted wîth a removable rubber inner sleeve, can be specified in place of the console storage box at no extra cost.

Performance Driving Course (PDC)

The Performance Driving Course (PDC) is about two things – helping you understand the capability of your car in a safe and controlled environment and making you a safer, better driver. Tailored to the driving dynamics of the car, all our courses are designed to be one to one in nature and are conducted by our team of highly experienced instructors. Combining theory wîth hands on practice, the course is all about having fun!

The course is available as a no cost option wîth Vanquish S and can be taken at a number of driving centres around the world. Please contact your supplying Aston Martin Dealer for more details.

Source – Aston Martin

Playing a huge role in returning Aston Martin, a classic British carmaker, to both financial success and technological sophistication, the Vanquish surely delivered. Like any proper Aston Martin, the Vanquish not only had drop-dead gorgeous styling, but also a certain spice with muscular fenders and a wide, squat stance. It is considered to be the most masculine of Aston’s classic design.

Loosely based on the Virage/V8 platform, the V12 Vanquish instead featured thoroughly modern technology.

Founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, Aston Martin was originally called Bamford Martin when the two had joined forces the previous year to sell cars made by Singer from premises in Callow Street, London. At this location they also serviced GWK and Calthorpe vehicles. Martin raced specials at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton and the two men chose to make their own cars.

The first car dubbed Aston Martin was created by Martin by fitting a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini. Martin and Bamford acquired premises at Henniker Place in Kensington and produced their first car in March 1915. Unfortunately production couldn’t begin due to the outbreak of World War I. Martin had joined the Admiralty, and Bamford joined the Royal Army Service Corps.

All machinery was sold to the Sopwith Aviation Company.

A grand tourer, the Aston Martin Vanquish was designed by Ian Callum and was manufactured by Aston Martin. Introduced in 2001 the Vanquish was Aston Martin’s flagship vehicle. Appearing as the official James Bond car in the movie ‘Die Another Day’ the Vanquish rose to worldwide recognition. In 2007 the Vanquish was taken out of production.

The Aston Martin DBS V12 temporarily replaced it at the top of Aston’s lineup, pending the 2010 replacement.

In the wake of a GT concept car, the Project Vantage concept car let to development of the Vanquish. The Vantage concept was introduced with a V-12 engine at the North American International Auto Show in January of 1998. In 2000 the production model was debuted and the series production began in 2001.

It wasn’t until 2005 that the car received any major updates when the Vanquish S model debuted at the 2004 Paris Auto Show. The S model came with more power, new wheels and slight styling revisions.

The Vanquish Ultimate Edition was introduced to celebrate the end of the Vanquish production run. Aston Martin announced that the final 40 cars built would have a new ‘Ultimate Black’ exterior color, personalized sill plaques and upgraded interior. The Ultimate Edition was the first Vanquish available with a conventional stick-shift manual transmission.

In July of 2007 production of the Aston Martin Vanquish was ended and coincided with the company’s Newport Pagnell factory after 49 years of operation. The final car was the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition in black.

A high-performance coupe, the Aston Martin V12 was produced from 2002 until 2006. The original model was joined by the more powerful S Variant in 2005, and only the S model was available for the final year of production. The V12 Vanquish main body structure included aluminum sections bonded and riveted around a central carbon-fiber transmission tunnel. To keep the weight down Aston utilized carbon fiber A-pillars, all-aluminum suspension and aluminum body panels.

Despite all of this, the Vanquish still weighed in at little more than 2 tons.

Designed at Ford Research in the U.S. was the V12 engine in the Vanquish. The Vanquish’s V12 engine shares some of the components and design elements with the 3.0 L Duratec 30 V6. The engine even shares the same bore and stroke dimensions and for this reason many people incorrectly dismiss the V12 as just ‘two Duratecs linked together’.

It is correct though that the AM V12 shares components with the ‘Duratec’ engine design. The standard Vanquish’s 6.0-liter V12 produced 460 hp and 400 lb/ft of torque.

The powertrain of the Vanquish was also quite innovative, with a high-performance 6.0-liter V12 engine that first made 460 hp, and later 520. To get that power to the rear wheels there was an automated-clutch, six-speed sequential-shift manual gearbox that utilized F1-style paddle shifters. The V12 Vanquish also came with 19-inch wheels with performance tires, power seats and a 10-speaker in-dash CD changer audio system.

Also standard a navigation system, multi-level heated seats and Bluetooth connectivity on the 2006 V12 Vanquish S, as well as the Sports Dynamic suspension, steering and braking package.

The inside of the V12 was finished quite lushly in the best leather hides and offered a nice variety of color options. The center control stack was revised in 2006 to match the current, newer batch of Aston Martin’s. Earlier on the Vanquish had borrowed much of its switchgear from the Ford family parts supply.

There was quite a substantial amount of room inside the Vanquish when compared to other exotic sports cars and the Vanquish was available with a choice of 2+2 or strictly two-seat interiors.

Only 300 hand-built V12 Vanquish models were produced each year and each model is fully customizable to the customer’s requirements.

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