Aston Martin may be Bond’s carmaker of choice, but 007 might soon be driving a submarine from the luxury marque, as Aston Martin has joined forces with Triton Submarines to make a slick submersible.
Project Neptune is the name given to the partnership between Aston Martin Consulting and luxury submersible maker Triton Submarines, and has seen the companies come up with a concept design that looks like the love-child of an DB11 and a futuristic sub.
Aston Martin’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman is championing the as yet unnamed submersible as a combination of slick design inspired from Aston’s latest line-up of luxury performance cars and its concept cars.
“Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior. 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,” he said.
The sub, which looks to fit three people for some under the sea exploration, appears to be aimed at people with deep enough pockets to be able to afford the submersible as an accessory for their superyacht, though Triton Submarines also caters for researchers and explorers, so if they have the funds then perhaps one day they too could be piloting an undersea Aston.
However, Project Neptune is clearly the in its early stages and might never make its way out of a concept and into production. But it demonstrates that in the higher echelons of moneyed society there are companies looking to push the envelope with their tech and engineering, expanding exploration beyond the confines of hardened Bear Grylls types and lofty academic institutions and bringing it to the world of playboys and oligarchs.
And if such machines and technology become established then there’s a chance they could trickle down to the masses, just don’t hold your breath for an undersea utopia anytime soon.
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