Thinking about it, if we’re talking ultra-cool, non-geek occupations, on a world scale it probably runs Rock Star, Fighter Pilot, Chief Platform Manager for Aston Martin One-77, not necessarily in that order.
The One-77, in other words, is Porritt’s baby – this £1,200,000, 750bhp supercar that will (must!) represent the pinnacle of Aston’s automotive achievement, ever, is his to get right or wrong. Happily, then, he is precisely that world Grand Master test and racing driver and engineer, working with a team of equally gifted grand masters at Aston Martin, tasked with creating the ultimate supercar, money (nearly) no object. There were seven heads on the One-77 team at the start, back in October 2007. Now there are 30, working to a very strict timetable, driven relentlessly by Aston’s mercurial boss, Dr Ulrich Bez.
Watch the One-77 in testing