There are few things more exhilarating, more life-affirming and more pulse-quickening than pinning the throttle of a thoroughbred Aston Martin to the floor and pointing it at the horizon within the safe confines of a deserted airfield.
The engineering will hold. The tyres will hold. The aerodynamics will hold.
But will your nerve? That’s the question…
To find the answer and see who could leave lifting off the accelerator and hitting the brakes to the last possible nanosecond, Aston Martin Cheltenham and Reading invited a select party of guests to experience Aston Martin’s Vmax 200 courtesy of our friends at Auto Vivendi on Thursday 12th May.
The event took place at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland, home to ‘The Poachers,’ part of the 7th Infantry Brigade. The former site of RAF Cottesmore airfield once resonated with the howl of Tornado and Harrier combat aircraft.
On Thursday morning, a quite different but no less evocative rolling thunder was heard as guests arrived in a beguiling array of Aston Martin DB, Vanquish and Vantage models. After being made welcome, it was time to take to the cockpit of the latest Aston Martin DBS, Vantage, DB11 AMR and the recently revealed DBX707 models, in pursuit of the magical 200mph on the 1.3-mile runway.
Each driver had the benefit of a ‘co-pilot’ beside them. The highly experienced high performance driving coaches enabled the guests to safely coax every last ounce of performance out of the cars, not only on the runway but also on a high-speed handling course.
When the day ended, the guests left in their Aston Martin models for the journey home at much more modest speeds. They took with them not only the memories of a thrilling day out, but also sharpened driving skills and an enhanced understanding of the superlative engineering and exceptional capabilities of their car.
The kind words of a customer provide a perfect review of the day, “A brilliant day, thanks. 196mph! DB11 AMR my favourite…. DBX707 is just a freak of engineering and incredible!”.