Aston Martin CEO to Create Scholarship Foundation for Industrial Apprentices

The CEO of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer, has revealed his proposal to create a charitable fund to help industrial apprentices. This program would be privately funded and would be supported by Palmer. Palmer began his own career as an apprentice. Support would also come from his wife Hitomi as well as shareholders and members of the Aston Martin Lagonda Senior Management team.

This would only be a beginning to the Palmer Foundation. Over time, scholarship access would expand to include other areas important to the audio industry such as legal, marketing and design.

The foundation will provide an opportunity for inspired young people to develop themselves by providing the tools they need to tap their talents and reach their full potential.
Later this year details about the foundation are expected.

Aston Martin Engineers Accept Challenge

Engineers at Aston Martin are trying to figure out how to make a manual gearbox and the AMG V8 engine in the Vantage play nice. This model will probably use the quad-exhaust system and feature a seven-speed gearbox.

This will be the company’s first manual offering in the last decade. While engineers had a similar challenge with the Vantage ZF eight-speed, the challenger is more intense as this new engine has never been married to this gearbox.

This model vantage will offer 600bhp, almost 100bhp more than the standard model. However, drivers wanting the manual may have to settle for a slightly slower top speed. On the other hand they are likely to gain some seconds in the 0-62mph category.

The new variant demonstrates that Aston Martin is listening to those drivers who want a more classic driving experience.

Aston Martin’s New Uber-Luxury SUV Gasoline Only

Aston Martin’s first SUV will only be available as a gasoline model, which is a change from the car makers initial plans when they previewed the model as an electric. The SUV will be launched next year into the ultraluxury SUV playing field, where it will contest  with the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Urus, a Ferrari SUV and high-end Range Rovers.

The new model was previewed in 2015 at the Geneva auto show. It premiered as the two-door DBX electric-powered concept. Aston Martin’s plans have changed in the interim and there are no plans for a full-electric production model. The auto maker also ruled out diesel and plug-in hybrid versions.

Aston Martin favored development of an EV platform for its Lagonda brand. Lagonda was launched at the Geneva auto show in March along with the Vision sedan concept.

Bentley was the first ultraluxury brand to launch an SUV in 2016 with the Bentayga which initially offered only a 12-cylinder gasoline engine–which is unlikely to excite a fuel-efficiency minded market, but has since added the brand’s first ever diesel and a gasoline plug-in hybrid.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/aston-martin-suv-gas-engine-only-report/

James Bond Cars: Casino Royale

Movie 19: Casino Royale (2006)
In this next film starring Daniel Craig as 007, Bond investigates the funding of terrorism. He kills a bomb-maker and takes his cell. He finds a text that is traced to Alex Dimitrios and Le Chiffre. Bond foils LeChiffre’s plan to destroy the Skyfleet airliner prototype. Le Chiffre finds himself in a poker game at the Casino Royale to try to recoup his loss but Bond is there to beat him aided by HM Treasury member Vesper Lynd.

Lynd and Bond are both kidnapped by Le Chiffre after the game. Lynd is ransomed and Bond is tortured. Le Chiffre is killed by a liaison between Le Chiffre and his clients. The winnings were never repaid to the Treasury so Bond establishes that Lynd was a double agent. As he goes after her he is attacked and the liaison takes the money. Bond eventually finds and captures White.

Now for the cars: once again we see the Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martin DBS V12, Bond damages a 1930 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre in a car chase with Le Chiffre driving a Citroen Traction Avant. Miami Police are seen driving a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and Bond also drives a Ford Mondeo 2.5 Litre ST. Le Chiffre and Mr. White are both seen driving their Jaguar XJ8s.

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James Bond Cars: The Living Daylights

Movie 15: The Living Daylights (1987)

The Living Daylights is Timothy Dalton’s first time (of two) as James Bond. In this movie, Bond aids the defection of a KGB officer. He helps General Georgi Koskov by wounding a female KGB sniper (a cellist). Koskov is abducted from the safehouse and Bond is ordered to kill General Leonid Pushkin, head of KGB. As head of the KGB, Pushkin sought to revive the old policy translated to “death to spies”.

Bond finds that Kosov’s defection was faked and uncovers his scheme to embezzle KGB funds to purchase diamonds and then in turn purchase drugs. Bond destroys the drugs and kills Koskov’s partner.

Bond drives an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante. This convertible is “winterized” with a hardtop. It is customized with extending side outriggers, spike-producing tires, missiles, lasers, a smart radio, and rocket propulsion. It can also self-destruct.

James Bond Cars: Goldfinger, Thunderball

Movies 3 & 4: Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965)

In Goldfinger, James Bond (Sean Connery) drove the Aston Martin DB5 (1963). It is perhaps one of the most recognizable Bond car. The DB5 came out just 3 months prior to shooting so it was a newer car than the DB Mark III featured in the novel. Many gadgets were added to this car including the ejector seat, machine guns, and smoke screen. The model car of the DB5 became the best selling toy of the year.

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Joe asks Jody Victor®: The 600-Horsepower Club II

It’s somewhat hard to imagine cars with over 500 horsepower let alone more than 600, just coasting down the road. I asked Jody Victor®  to tell us more from an article by James Tate of MSN Autos/msn.com.

Jody Victor®: Apparently, mega-horsepower is no longer to be restrained only to the racing circuit. Here’s the second half of the over 600-horsepower club.

 

5. Ford Shelby GT500, 650 horsepower – With the introduction of the 2013 Shelby GT500, the pony-car wars have officially gotten out of hand. Let it be clear we’re talking about a factory-produced Mustang with 650 horsepower. Likely created to one-up the fire-breathing ZL1 variant of its decades-old archrival, the Chevrolet Camaro, this Mustang and its supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine is the most powerful Ford to ever roll off the assembly line, and by a large margin. Although it’s far from a barbaric muscle car, we can only hope the big coupe’s aging suspension design is up to the task of controlling this kind of power.

 

4. Ferrari FF, 651 horsepower – The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was a curvaceous, high-performance luxury sports car. But it never really enjoyed success in the highly competitive exotic market. Ferrari’s response to this comes in the form of the polarizing FF. In many ways, this uniquely styled vehicle is a drastic departure from the tried-and-true prancing-horse formula. It offers four doors and all-wheel drive, as well as a “love it or hate it” shooting-brake body style. Luckily, its screaming 651-horsepower V12 engine does a mighty job of allaying concerns that Ferrari is forsaking performance and exhilaration, as it enables the 4-seater to rocket to 208 mph.

 

3. Lamborghini Aventador, 691 horsepower – Lamborghini has never been one to be timid with its vehicles, and its latest flagship turns heads with its flashy stealth-fighter styling and explosively powerful V12 engine rattling the ground. With 691 horsepower and years of performance engineering under its belt, the Aventador is more than ready to carry the torch into the next generation. Its paddle-shifting, single-clutch transmission, however, has a strikingly rough touch in a sea of seamless, butter-smooth dual-clutch units. Even so, it gets the job done. This replacement for the Murcielago is exactly what we were hoping for from the house of the raging bull.

 

2. Aston Martin One-77, 750 horsepower – British sports-car manufacturer Aston Martin is famous for creating svelte and sexy grand touring cars, and its crowning achievement, the One-77, is no exception. Although unmistakably an Aston Martin in design, this halo car puts a greater emphasis on outrageous performance and sports wilder, jaw-dropping style elements than its lesser brethren. Limited to just 77and already sold out, the One-77 boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated production-car engine ever made — a 7-liter V12 good for a roaring 750 horsepower. Take a good look at this athletic beauty, as it’s unlikely you’ll ever encounter one on the road.

 

1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, 1,183 horsepower – By now, the Bugatti Veyron is no stranger to automotive enthusiasts, as its superlative specs make it the uncontested king of sports cars. Its Super Sport variant cranks the wick even further, boosting output of its mammoth quad-turbo W16 engine from an already absurd 987 horsepower up to a “good God, that’s nuts” 1,183 horsepower. This insane power results in a possible top speed of 268 mph. Without question, the Veyron would satisfy even the biggest adrenaline junkie. With a price tag well into the seven digits, however, this uber-exclusive supercar is not for the financially faint of heart.

Thanks, Jody! We’d love to be able to test drive any of these vehicles!!

Joe Victor