Aston Martin is a legendary English company specializing in the production of ultra-high-speed sports supercars. It is a division of Ford Motor Company. It is headquartered in Newport Penell.
Model Aston Martin DB9 - a concept car, originally planned as the founder of a number of subsequent generations. During its design and creation, the latest achievements in the field of space technologies, the best materials and uncompromising design were actively used. All this made it possible to create a purebred English sports car standing at the GT level in terms of decoration and comfort.
The history of the Aston Martin DB9 began when it was developed in 2000, as soon as Aston Martin was led by Ulrich Betz. At that time, she needed a radically new strategy. For this, Betz began to introduce a multi-functional rear-wheel drive platform, on the basis of which several different models can be made simultaneously. At the heart of this concept was a spatial aluminum frame, the main feature of which was the ability to fit the right size. Thanks to what it was possible to change the dimensions of the assembled models. In addition, much attention was paid to the unification of the remaining components of the car.
The platform was given the name VH (Vertical / Horizontal) Platform - vertical-horizontal. The vertical component means that Aston Martin models can vary in height: from compact to large. Horizontal - determines the attraction of the technical potential of the companies included in the Ford Motor Company.
A year later, the car was ready, but the arrival of Henrik Fisker instead of Jan Callum as chief designer postponed his release. At the direction of Fisker, designers had to change the appearance of the body of the almost completely finished DB9 to a less aggressive one.
As part of the "horizontal integration", Volvo engineers took up the passive safety and aerodynamics of the car. They were able to optimize the distribution of oncoming air flows and reduce the lifting force that affects the handling during high-speed driving. Engineers also modified the parameters of the elements installed in the front of the frame, which take the main blow in a head-on collision.
The Aston Martin DB9 was equipped with a six-liter Ford V-engine, which power was 450 hp. at 6000 rpm, which was boosted by new crankshafts and camshafts, exhaust and injection control systems. A car develops a speed of one hundred km / h in 4.7 seconds on the mechanics and in 4.9 seconds with an automatic transmission, reaching a maximum of 300 km / h!
DB9 also strengthened the brakes by increasing the brake discs to 355 mm in diameter on the front and 330 mm on the rear wheels. At the same time, stabilizers (ABS, DSC) and emergency braking system (EBA) were installed on the car.
Thanks to the use of space technology, it was possible to reduce the mass of the car and increase the rigidity of the body. This was achieved as a result of the manufacture of a housing made of aluminum and magnesium alloys, while at the same time replacing the steel driveshaft with a carbon shaft.
Naturally, a car of this class should have the appropriate equipment. The interior is dominated by leather, diluted with aluminum or wood inserts. Trim is made only by hand. On any DB9, up to seven canvases of calf leather, specially brought from Scandinavia, are consumed. The steering wheel is usually black, regardless of the color scheme of the interior. The central panel may have a coating of polished metal, carbon fiber or black lacquered wood, some of the keys are decorated with crystal. On the dashboard are two wide liquid crystal displays.
The Aston Martin DB9 driver's seat provides a low ride. It, like the passenger ones, is very comfortable and equipped with an electric drive that has a wide range of adjustments. The position of the steering column is changed manually. The doors are designed according to the principle of the swan wing - when opened, they move to the side and rise up.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003, the first release of the Aston Martin DB9 in the coupe version took place. The overall length of the machine was 4.7 m, weight 1800 kg. It was equipped with an engine capacity of 457 hp, which accelerates the car to 306 km / h!
In 2008, Aston Martin introduced the updated DB9. The engine was added 20 horsepower, reaching a value of 470. The appearance of the car has changed slightly: the side mirrors, the radiator grill, and the wheels have been updated.
The 2013 DB9 coupe is equipped with a new 5.9-liter twelve-cylinder engine, the design of which has undergone major changes. The interior has not changed much, though the finish has become even more luxurious.
The DB9 motor is now 517 hp. Acceleration to 100 km / h and speed characteristics remained unchanged. The chassis and brake discs made of carbon-ceramic, which are now included in the basic package, were also modernized.