Cars & Aviation

Henrik Fisker Returns to Redesign Aston Martin Vanquish

Henrik Fisker Returns to Redesign Aston Martin Vanquish
Henrik Fisker Returns to Redesign Aston Martin Vanquish

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.