Henrik Fisker Returns to Redesign Aston Martin Vanquish

By Paul Joseph

Car designer Henrik Fisker, founder of California-based Fisker Automotive and the mastermind behind the original Aston Martin V8 Vantage, has created a one-off design study based on the famous Vanquish model.

Dubbed the Thunderbolt, the car – which is not endorsed by Aston Martin – was unveiled at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida last week and features a host of hand-laid carbon fibre additions.

The hood is dominated by its power dome, which contains long triangular air intakes that feed the car's V12 engine, while new headlamps, a reworked aluminium grille, slim blade-like taillights and a wraparound rear window are other notable augmentations.

Its luxurious interior comprises a curved-screen, 11.6-inch Panasonic infotainment system, a Skeleton chronograph sitting in the centre of the dashboard surrounded by Italian leather, and a James Bond-esque champagne/wine bottle holder.

It is not the first time Fisker has reimagined a famous car. Recently, he designed a new Ford Mustang, transforming it into the 725 hp (541 kW) Mustang Rocket.

Born in Denmark in 1963, Henrik Fisker has designed a number of distinguished automobiles down the years, including the V8 Vantage, the Aston Martin DB9 and the BMW Z8, as well as the Fisker Karma electric car.

By Paul Joseph