Aston Martin Lagonda have announced two important new additions to its UK site operations. The Aston Martin Test and Development Centre at Silverstone and the creation of a central London office. It means that Silverstone will become a new hub for prototype vehicle testing, focused on chassis dynamics and high-speed handling. "The company is now investing for growth across the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands," said Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO. "I am particularly pleased that we can now call Silverstone home for dynamic testing and development." Since the announcement of the company's seven-year Second Century Business Plan in early 2015, there has been a progressive retooling of every area of the business. With the addition of Silverstone and London, Aston Martin Lagonda will operate out of 10 locations across the UK and by the end of 2022 is set to employ 5,000 people. "Aston Martin will soon become one of the leading automotive employers in the UK", said Dr Palmer.
Popular UK rental company Supercar Hire has recently added a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder to its car selection. It will be joining an already impressive fleet featuring esteemed brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche. 'Since the start of our journey, the Supercar Hire mission was to make the absolute best supercars in the market easily accessible to a greater number of people," said company spokesperson Aaron Girling. "The Huracan Spyder is the epitome of thrilling, cutting-edge supercar design, a modern motoring masterpiece." While this recent acquisition marks yet another milestone for the East Midlands based company, Girling also hinted that clients can look forward to more exciting additions in the coming months.
The revolutionary all-electric Jaguar I-PACE will be making one of its first UK public appearances at the Fully Charged Live event, taking place at Silverstone from 9th-10th June. The C-X75 supercar inspired performance SUV has already received critical acclaim, being named a 'Game Changer' at the 2018 Autocar Awards and collecting the What Car? 2018 Reader Award, securing it the title of the most anticipated new car of 2018. Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: "The reaction to the Jaguar I-PACE has been absolutely staggering, from both the public and media. Everyone at Jaguar Land Rover UK is extremely proud of what we've achieved with the I-PACE, so we're delighted to be able to show it off at Silverstone for the inaugural Fully Charged Live show this weekend." Fully Charged Live is the electric vehicle and renewable energy event of the year, with dozens of visitor attractions, sixteen live sessions and lots of exciting exhibitors. Full information on the event can be found at www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/fully-charged-live-more-info.
This weekend's 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix marks the beginning of Aston Martin's most ambitious global motorsport programme in more than half a century. For the first time since 1959, the Aston Martin name will appear in both the Formula 1 and Le Mans 24 Hours entry lists. "Racing forms part of the original DNA of the company and this reinforces the message," said Aston Martin's President and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer. "It's in the name, Lionel Martin built and raced his car up Aston Hill, so it's always been part of what we are." Aston Martin Racing will be entering an exciting new challenger - the Vantage GTE - in the GTE Pro category of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season. In total, the world-famous racing marque will be significantly invested in 44 races around the world in 2018.
Luxury British brand Aston Martin have announced that the Swiss luxury watch company TAG Heuer will become its official watch partner. The two brands will develop a collection of watches encompassing all aspects of motor racing including the World Endurance Championship series. Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said that "this is an exciting partnership for Aston Martin. Both brands have teams of brilliant designers and when two talented teams of designers collaborate like this, incredible things are created." Jean-Claude Biver, Chief Executive Officer of TAG Heuer and President of LVMH Group Watches Division, echoed Palmer's excitement about the new partnership: "Aston Martin has the same genetic make-up as TAG Heuer: luxury, quality, beautiful products, innovation, history, emotion and performance. We are therefore delighted to be able to work with such a prestigious brand that shares our passion for cars."
Aston Martin knows what it takes to build a new race car alongside a new road car and now fans can follow this process is a specially-commissioned film. The nine-minute film documents the birth of the Vantage GTE, Aston Martin Racing's brand-new challenger, from initial concept to launch. Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: "We decided to replace the current Vantage road car and - since it's really necessary to take race technology from the track to the road and from the road to the track - it's really important that we design both simultaneously. It's always important that you have a champion and Vantage is our champion." The film covers the 18 months it took to turn a concept into a thoroughbred race car, a car that will take on the might of Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, Corvette and BMW at Le Mans next summer. After completing a successful shakedown in August, the Vantage GTE has so far completed over 14,000kms of testing, in the UK, Spain and at Sebring in the U.S. For the Vantage GTE, the race to be champion has just begun.
Two great manufacturers, McLaren and Pirelli have paired up to provide a new winter wheel and tyre package for McLaren Sports Series models, the McLaren Winter Wheels and Tyres set. It consists of four, 14-spoke Lightweight Forged wheels in Stealth finish, fitted with Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 winter tyres and incorporating the McLaren tyre pressure monitoring system, that were developed especially by McLaren and Pirelli engineers for the McLaren Sports Series family - the 540C, 570S, 570GT and new 570S Spider. The McLaren-approved Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 winter tyres provide better grip and braking in adverse conditions when temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius. The set comes fully assembled and ready to fit, so owners can combat the worst of the salt and other winter road debris as well as protecting their 'summer wheels'.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic enjoyed a double victory at the 2017 Octane Awards, held in London this week. The 'Legends Continued' Jaguar XKSS continuation was crowned 2017 Car of the Year and Jaguar Land Rover Classic also received the Manufacturer Heritage Collection of the Year accolade. "It is a huge honour to receive such a prestigious award for the XKSS," said Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, John Edwards. "It's 12 months to the day since the continuation Car Zero made its global debut in Los Angeles, and since then we have launched Range Rover and Jaguar Reborn restoration programmes and shown the inventive fully-electric Jaguar E-type Zero too." The Jaguar Classic team's meticulous attention to detail, for a fiendishly complicated project, saw the XKSS secure the most votes from Octane's magazine readers and website visitors.
The Aston Martin DB11 has won the Golden Steering Wheel award having been voted the "Most Beautiful Car 2017". Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, received the award from Marion Horn, Editor in Chief BILD am Sonntag and Tom Drechsler, Editor in Chief AUTO BILD at the awards ceremony held at the Axel Springer SE headquarters in Berlin. An esteemed jury of designers, engineers, racers, celebrities and journalists from across Europe selected the DB11 from a choice of 20 cars that came to market in 2017. After the ceremony, Palmer, said: "We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world and are incredibly proud of the Aston Martin DB11, a car that spearheads our Second Century plan." He added that the award is a "testament to the skill and dedication of the designers and employees of Aston Martin who work tirelessly to combine exceptional design with the latest technology."
The shear pulling power of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery has been demonstrated in the Australian Outback, with the sight of a 110-tonne road train being towed by the renowned SUV. Land Rover took on the ultimate towing test by pulling the massive road train across a closed section of the Lasseter Highway in the remote Northern Territory, Australia. With 600Nm of torque, the Discovery Td6 is well suited to pulling heavy loads. The 258PS 3.0-litre single-turbo engine features low-pressure exhaust recirculation and a two-stage oil pump for improved responses, refinement and efficiency. As a result, the diesel model delivers CO2 emissions of 189g/km and fuel economy of 39.2mpg (7.2l/100 km).
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