[Source: Automobile magazine]
- May 9th 2007 at 12:03PM
One of Aston's new owners puts F430 and Gallardo on notice
Now this is what we're talking about. A couple of days ago, Kuwati Investment Dar was discussing its intention to sell its share of Aston Martin. John Sinders, the American investment banker who also backed Dave Richards, is talking about the kinds of things we like to hear about Aston: racing, one-offs, lightweight variants, and limited editions.
Sinders says his role is to help build the brand, enlarge the dealer network, and to develop better engines that, with Bez at the helm, would remain naturally aspirated. Then he says a single-make race series is being discussed (check out the Vantage N24), and he wants to get Aston back in the ALMS -- but Aston won't enter Formula 1. He outlined a 4-model range for Aston: sports car (Vantage), GT (DB9), sport sedan (Rapide), and a halo car (Bond, anyone?), with the efforts going into developing those cars to be the best in their classes. And he nixed an SUV. But Aston doesn't just want a sports car: "We want to build the best sports car in the world. We fully intend to go straight at the Ferrari F430 and the Lamborghini Gallardo." The Vantage will need to spend quite a bit of time at the gym and the trainer's to pull that off, but there's an adjective to describe those kinds of words: fighting. We say, bring it. Click the link to check out the full interview.