Aston Martin One-77
The One-77 is Aston Martin’s ultimate production car, a piece of sculptural automotive art that is the ultimate representation of the company’s technical ability, ambitions and values.
The One-77 manufacturing facility is located in its own standalone building within the Gaydon grounds. Inside the facility the distinctive production space is laboratory-like in its design and detail, an open plan 1,000 sqm serene space with its white walls, floor and ceiling containing four build positions and a host of specialist equipment and tools. The facility is a marked departure from a conventional production space, with each car remaining static throughout the build, rather than progressing from station to station.
The production version of the One-77 is remarkably true to the original design concept, a testament to Aston Martin’s combination of highly advanced technological processes and highly skilled workforce. Formed around a full carbon-fibre monocoque, the One-77 is immensely strong and light, with 3,500 carbon fibre elements combined to make up the car’s structural elements. The interior is a mix of naked carbon fibre, billet machined aluminium and leather, with 10 hides used on each car, hand-cut into over 100 individual pieces and stitched together by specialist trimmers based in the new facility. Each One-77 will take approximately 2,700 man hours to complete by a dedicated team of 27 technicians assembling by hand each of the 77 examples of this remarkable sports car.
Every car is subjected to exactly the same standard of quality as every other Aston Martin, with a battery of final inspection tests, including checking the alignment of the hand-rolled aluminium body panels, the quality of the paintwork and a stringent road test at the end of the build process.
Aston Martin’s Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez, describes the One-77 as ‚the ultimate expression of Aston Martin‘. ‚Right from the very beginning of the project the vision for One-77 was very simple: It had to combine high-technology with hand-built craftsmanship, and demonstrate the unique capabilities and passion of our designers, engineers and technical partners. In just three years, Aston Martin has realised this remarkable vision. The One-77 is a landmark car for Aston Martin, a machine that will endure as both a technological tour-de-force and as a piece of automotive art.‘
Every single one of the 77 cars to be built will be unique, each specified to customer’s exacting demands in close collaboration with Aston Martin’s design team, led by Marek Reichman. Each customer has had the opportunity to visit a special One-77 suite at Aston Martin’s Design Studio at Gaydon, where a huge selection of colours, trim and materials are on display, along with a set of renders illustrating different variations of interior and exterior colour. Anything is possible, and Reichman and his team have worked in close collaboration with the customers to ensure each One-77 is a highly individual statement.
The carbon fibre tub is supplied by Multimatic (MTC) of Canada, while the One-77’s mighty V12 engine is hand-made at Cosworth’s engineering facility in Northhampton. A refined and enhanced version of the classic Aston Martin powerplant, the 7.3 litre unit has been tuned to produce 750bhp, the highest power output of any conventionally aspirated engine anywhere in the world today. The engine has a dry-sump oil system and is mounted low within the car’s chassis, resulting in a beautifully balanced centre-of-gravity.
The engineering and production team has overseen the intense One-77 development programme throughout the three years it has taken from the car’s conception in October 2007 to commencing the first production One-77 in October 2010, ensuring they are intimately familiar with every aspect of this highly advanced and hugely complex machine.
Strength, lightness and power make the One-77 a ferocious performer, its abilities honed during extensive testing at Aston Martin’s Test Centre at the Nürburgring Nordschleife and elsewhere around the globe. Yet despite this exhaustive process, no customers have yet driven the car, confirming their full confidence in Aston Martin’s ability to deliver a machine that represents the epitome of the brand, the ultimate expression of design, engineering, quality and performance.
According to Chris Porritt, Chief Programme Engineer of the project, the One-77 is a fusion of engineering purity and design excellence. ‚What’s underneath the skin is just as important as the exterior styling,‘ he explains, ‚We began by identifying the most technologically exciting front-engined, rear-wheel drive cars in the world: those from the DTM race series. We then applied the principles and technology that feature heavily in their design and translated it to a road car application. The result is a truly bespoke machine with racecar performance and grand tourer levels of refinement.‘
Customer cars will be built through 2011 and 2012 and will be presented to their owners in the facility’s unique presentation suite. This space featuring a bespoke multimedia installation by the London-based lighting designer Jason Bruges, designed explicitly to showcase the composition of fluid lines and complex shapes that make up the One-77’s bodywork. 750 OLED panels, mounted on aluminium rods suspended from the ceiling, form a contemporary chandelier that projects light and moving images onto the flanks of the car below, with surround sound provided by Aston Martin’s technical partner Bang & Olufsen.