Step this way, Mr Bond, for Aston Martin and Triton are working together to build a limited edition submarine, which is, believe it or not, actually destined for production.
Aston Martin and Triton Submarines have announced a collaboration that will see the world blessed with probably the most stylish aquatic vehicle money can buy.
Codenamed Project Neptune, after the Roman god of freshwater and the sea, the submersible is said to combine the design brilliance of Aston Martin and the expertise of Triton.
It is actually based on the latter’s 1650/3 LP ‘low profile’ hyperhemi three-person submersible, which can be lifted in and out of the water using an overhead lift and is small enough to be carried on a superyacht.
Yes, the wannabe James Bond will be able to perch alongside two bikini-clad passengers and copious amounts of Martini within the stylish machine, which is said to be inspired by Aston Martin’s 200mph Valkyrie hypercar and has the ability to dive down 500m (1,600ft).
Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin chief creative officer. “We have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.”
Triton president, Patrick Lahey, added: “We have always admired Aston Martin. The marque represents a deeply held passion for technology, engineering and timeless, elegant design.
“From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complimentary values will be realised in this truly exciting project.”
Being an underwater means the top speed is never going to impress, but that is where the looks and sheer novelty will pick up the slack. How many vehicles look like they came out of 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea?
Just in case you are wondering about oxygen levels, the battery-powered Project Neptune submarine can last 12 hours. Plenty of time, then, to stare out from the bubble windscreen.
There is no official price, but everyone seems to be guessing it will cost around £4million, which means £1million for every tonne it weighs. Neither do we know how many will be built, but the term “strictly-limited,” has been used. So get queueing.
This is actually one of a few escapades outside of cars for the British marque, one example being that stunning 1,000bhp boat – the result of yet another collaboration, this time with Quintessence Yachts.