The ACH130 Edition takes Aston Martin to New Heights

By Paul Joseph

Aston Martin have teamed up with Airbus for the design of a special edition car inspired by the world of aeronautics.

Inspired by the automotive world, the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is the first creation to emerge out of the recently-announced partnership between Aston Martin Lagonda and Airbus Corporate Helicopters and was revealed recently in the stunning surroundings of Courchevel in the French Alps.

The helicopter is available in four external liveries with complementary interiors and has been embellished with several signature Aston Martin elements, including the iconic AM wings, which are embossed onto luxury leather features and positioned throughout the cabin.

The Stirling Green-themed external scheme features a painted gradient, which fades down into Jet Black on the underside of the helicopter with Skyfall Silver around the cowlings. Further external liveries are available with other Aston Martin paint colours including Xenon Grey, Arizona or Ultramarine Black exteriors.

Inside, the cabin is trimmed in Pure Black ultra-suede with a palette of selectable leathers comprising Oxford Tan, Pure Black, Cormorant and Ivory.

On the rear of the front seats the same brogue detailing that is found in an Aston Martin DB11 runs down the centre of the seat and the doors have been trimmed with leather to provide passengers with comfortable touch points during their flight.

Aston Martin Vice President and CCO, Marek Reichman, said: “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.”

Each of the special edition helicopters has a plaque on the instrument panel which shows the partnership logos, the edition number and the owner’s name, should they wish to have it included.

By Paul Joseph