What do you do when you’ve become so good at designing cars that you’ve arguably made the most beautiful models available to buy?
If you’re Aston Martin the answer is to begin designing helicopters. Late last year the British car marque announced a collaboration with Airbus helicopters. The resulting ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is a combination of aeronautical excellence and automotive design that brings the driving seat to the cockpit.
The range of 4 four external liveries with complementary interiors are embellished with Aston Martins design signatures, starting with the Aston Martin wings, which are embossed onto the luxury leather that is used to upholster the helicopter’s cabin. Trimmed in Pure Black ultra-suede, the rear of the front seats have the same brogue detailing that is found in a DB11 and the doors have been trimmed with leather. In short, this is as close to flying in a supercar as you’ll ever get.
Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: We have our own set of automotive design principles but in recent years we have been learning how to apply our principles to other areas of design, such as architecture, motorcycles and now helicopters. Beauty is of vital importance to Aston Martin and to our customers and we think the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is an inherently beautiful machine. It provided a wonderful canvas for our team to work on so we now look forward to seeing everybody’s reaction.”
Our reaction? Helicopters are already a relatively rarified way to travel. Add in the expert finishing of one of the world’s finest supercar manufacturers and you have something that can elevate even the most exclusive of journeys.
Dubai to Abu Dhabi will never be the same again.