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What Would James Bond Fly?

Probably the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition—assuming he needs to travel in a helicopter


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The aeronautical designers at Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) and the vehicle designers at Aston Martin have been working together for about a year to develop the just-launched ACH130 helicopter, which has design cues taken from the pallet of Aston Martin design.

ACH130 and DB11

(Images: Aston Martin)

Yes, car design—at least in cases like this—has been elevated such that it is desirable for other luxury goods, private helicopters.

“Inherently Beautiful”

According to Aston Martin vp and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, “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. This first application of our design practices to a helicopter posed a number of interesting challenges but we have enjoyed working through them. 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.”

ACH130 seats

The design cues include exterior colors—the first helicopter is painted Stirling Green that transitions into Jet Black on the bottom; there is Skyfall Silver around the cowling.

Inside, the backs of the front seats feature the brogue detailing found in a DB11.

Remember the Pierre Cardin Javelin?

Just think: back in the 1970s car companies hooked up with fashion designers like Pierre Cardin and Bill Blass to add some panache to their styling.

Now producers of other products are looking to vehicle designers for a soupcon of additional elegance.




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