IT’S the season for Christmas draws and next week a really lucky winner is going to have the biggest smile when their name comes out as new owner of the unique Aston Martin Vanquish Red 10 for a draw closing online on Sunday (December 3).
Tagged Red 10, the Q by Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition is the ultimate showcase of how tailor-made design and detailing can shape a truly special car.
Developed by the designers and craftspeople at Q by Aston Martin – Commission, the Red Arrows car marks another signature collaboration between Q by Aston Martin and its global dealership network.
Over the decades the motor industry has produced countless ‘special edition’ models with special badging and raised specification to add a bit of bling.
But nothing like this.
And the 600PS tenth of ten, worth around £275,000, is THE prize in an RAF Benevolent Fund draw closing on Friday December 1 – but Sunday December 3 for online entries – with the draw made on December 8 – check it out here.
It looks fantastic and sounds even better – and that’s when it’s standing still!
I had the chance to get up close accompanying Newspress Automotive Photographer of the Year son Nick of NWVT when it starred as an attraction at the start of this year’s Beaujolais Run from the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill – next year’s Run will be in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The limited edition is the third Q by Aston Martin – Commission from Aston Martin Cambridge, following on from the success of last year’s V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 Edition, marking 80 years of the Supermarine Spitfire’s first flight, and the earlier Vantage S Blades Edition, developed in collaboration with the Blades Aerobatic Display Team.
Just ten examples of the Red Arrows inspired cars were commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, each with special design features, hand-crafted interiors and graphic elements that draw on the visual language of aviation, as well as the skill and agility of the RAF’s globally acclaimed official aerobatic unit, the Red Arrows.
The Q by Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition is finished in striking Eclat Red, mirroring the instantly familiar livery of the Hawks and referencing the word ‘Eclat,’ the Red Arrows’ motto. But it’s not just red – there are gold flecks in the paint.
A host of subtle details enhance the bodywork and interior, from white and blue carbon livery detailing to the white ‘smoke trail’ feature on the side strake. An exposed carbon fibre roof panel includes an inlaid ‘charge’ pattern mimicking the canopy ejection feature of a fighter jet, while Union Jack enamel wing badges and a titanium exhaust complete the exterior package.
Inside, Red Arrows and RAF inspired details are used throughout, such as the Pinewood green inserts that evoke the design of the classic flight suit and Martin Baker Ejection Seat fabric, together with the green webbing seatbelts.
The signature Red Arrows emblem of nine aircraft in classic ‘diamond’ formation is embroidered on the seat backs – with each special edition in its correct position – along with unique sill and engine inspection plaques.
The other nine cars have all been snapped up, each signed, 1 through 10, by the equivalent number ‘Red’ pilot in the squadron.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team logo is embroidered on the transmission tunnel, and the rear of the cabin is finished in the 2+0 configuration, for rear-mounted stowage of twin racing helmets, both finished in the Red Arrows livery.
The One-77-derived steering wheel is paired with a bespoke centre rotary toggle switch inspired by aviation instrumentation and switchgear, including black/yellow hatched design patterning on seat fold and door pulls.
The door cards are embroidered with a graphic of the iconic ‘Vixen Break,’ a spectacular high-G 9-aircraft formation.
Oh, and the immaculate finishing details on the car aren’t the end of the deal. No way.
Each Q by Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows owner will receive truly bespoke accessories that could include racing helmets, racing suits, bespoke embroidered bomber jackets and a Vanquish S bespoke luggage set, together with a highly-detailed die-cast 1:18 model of their car and the Hawk aircraft.
As I always say when watching the Red arrows in action: Phew!