RAF-themed model revealed at former RAF base.

Aston Martin has now moved into the former Royal Air Force base at St Athan – and, during an open day for locals and owners at the new Welsh factory, the firm revealed a new limited-edition aviation-themed car. Based on the Vanquish S, the coupe modified by the company’s bespoke Q division has fittingly been named after the RAF's own aerobatic unit, the Red Arrows.

Only 10 cars will be made, each painted in 'Eclat Red' as a nod to the livery applied onto the Hawk trainer aircrafts. The predominantly red body is contrasted by an exposed carbon fibre roof adorned with the 'charge' pattern to resemble the canopy design of a fast jet, while the Union Jack enamel wing badges are also unique.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition
Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition

Aston Martin’s Q team has applied a white 'smoke trail' finish onto the side strake along with a host of white and blue carbon accents. Rounding off the changes on the outside is the titanium exhaust system fitted as standard equipment.

The interior also takes inspiration from RAF and Red Arrows, with the Pinewood green insert ingeniously reminiscent of a flight suit. The fabric applied onto the seats evokes the Martin-Baker ejection seat and there are also green webbing seatbelts. An engine inspection plaque, bespoke side sills, and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team logo embroidered onto the transmission tunnel have all been added to make it a tad more special.

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In order to make it live up to its bespoke special edition status, Aston Martin borrowed the steering wheel from the exclusive One-77 and created a stowage area behind the seats for a pair of racing helmets. Even the door cards have been modified to feature a graphic depicting the 'Vixen Break', which is a nine-aircraft formation.

Those fortunate enough to claim a Vanquish S Red Arrows will also receive a bunch of extra cool items, including racing suits and helmets, along with a luggage set, unique embroidered bomber jackets, and even a car cover. Not only that, but Aston Martin will also throw in a build book as well as a 1:18 die-cast model of the car and the Hawk aircraft.

Aston Martin has promised to give the 10th car to the RAF Benevolent Fund charity to help former servicemen and women and their families: you can buy a ticket for £20 to be in with the chance of winning it.

As a final note, Aston Martin mentions the Red Arrows edition is 'a fitting culmination to this iconic model's production run', so it probably serves as the swansong for the current-gen Vanquish.

Source: Aston Martin

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