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This is Aston Martin’s new submarine
James Bond, meet your new plaything: Aston confirms ‘Project Neptune’ sub
EXT. CITY STREETS – NIGHT
James Bond, chasing down an evil megalomaniac hellbent on world domination, OVERSTEERS his Aston Martin Vantage expertly around the tight streets of a lakeside city, and then JUMPS the V8-powered supercar straight into the water.
We follow him into the deep blue, as he manages to break free of the sinking Vantage. He looks to his left, and his new company toy – the PROJECT NEPTUNE submarine – enters the screen.
FADE INTO CREDITS, AND BOND THEME
Sorry, got a little carried away there. Today, Aston Martin and Triton Submarines have confirmed the final design specification for their new submarine, named Project Neptune, first previewed last September.
Frankly, it looks fantastic. A three-seater pod-like thing capable of over 5 knots (just under 6mph), and can accelerate four times faster than Triton’s ‘flagship’ 3300/3 submarine.
It can dive to a depth of 500 metres, and as you can see from the final design above, offer near 360-degree visibility. Perfect for seeing off baddies hellbent on world domination.
“The exterior design of Project Neptune owes a lot to the pursuit of performance,” explains Aston’s design boss Marek Reichman. “As with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, we have afforded as much attention to the hydrodynamics of the underside as we have the visible surfaces.
“Some of that detail may never be seen,” he added, “but its effect will certainly be felt.”
Of course, being a submarine means the build process is a bit different. So, says Reichman, where on a car the interior would be installed into an ‘open-sided’ cabin, before the doors get bolted on, here the insides are lowered through the top-hatch and fitted within the finished pressure hull.
It gets an acrylic canopy. There’s iridium coating. There’s Aston’s hallmarks of hand-stitched leather and carbonfibre, and of course, be fully customisable via Aston’s Q division.
What Aston – nor Triton, for that matter – don’t make any mention of are the heat-seeking missiles or laser targeting or ejector seats or… well, you get the picture.
No word on price, but it’ll be on display at the LYBRA Superyacht show in Barcelona this week. Now, Bond producers, you know what to do.