The Aston Martin DB10 may only been seen on the big screen but it has redefined the Aston Martin design skeleton.
The director of the latest 007 film Spectre always wanted Bond in an Aston Martin. For Mendes the quintessentially British automaker was perfect for the British secret agent. The decision was a good one since of all the 24 Bond films ever, Aston Martin has been featured in 12.
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For Spectre the director did not just choose an Aston martin model. Sam Mendes had a customized model made just for the movie. Spectre premiered in theaters last week on Friday. Fans have been able to see the special bond Aston martin called DB10 on the big screens. The car will never be available for sale and was only created to be used in the film.
The inception of the DB10 started last year in September. Mendes decided to visit the creative director of Aston Martin and so an iconic car was born. Mendes visited Marek Reichman at his design studio in Gaydon, England.
Reichman showed Mendes a number of car concept and sketches from his portfolio. However it was a sketch pinned up on a wall which came to Mendes’ fancy. The sketch was a simple design and Mendes wanted it for Spectre. Mendes asked Reichman if he could deliver a life size working model of the car by the 1st of April 2015.
The main problem faced by the designer was the sketch was simply just a sketch. No other detail or statistic has been related to the sketch. However Reichman agreed to Mendes’ demand much to the dismay of his design team.
Thus the process of bringing the sketch to life started. The team of 25 designers under Reichman started 3D processing of the sketch. The designers started with the V8 Vantage. Finally they gave it a new body. After computational analysis a model was constructed in clay.
The car by now had a devilishly sleek look. The DB10 was given tiny mirrors, blade-like spokes on the wheels and flush door handles. According to Reichman his team wanted to build a Bond car with a little bit of both Naughty and Menacing. The team worked endlessly to come up with a car worthy of Bond.
The clay model was shaped and reshaped numerous times. The model was then sent to the engineering department. The details of the car were finally worked out. The car now had a 4.7-liter V8 engine and body panels. The car did not have to undergo any speed tests.
According to Wired, the prototype stage was skipped. The car was only supposed to sprint to 60 mph in under five seconds and survive a few jumps. Finally 10 working vehicles of the Aston Martin DB10 were built for Sam Mendes. 2 pod cars were also built for stunts. All 10 of the DB10 survived the shooting of Spectre.
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Although the DB10 will never be available for sale the design has redefined the basis on future cars. Aston Martin will be adopting the design skeleton of the DB10 for future models. If the car was worthy of Bond, common folk will also make do with it.