The factories where supercars are made can often be as impressive, if not more so, than the vehicles they produce. Unfortunately few of us ever get to see them, remote as they often are from our locales and generally not open to the public. That's where Megafactories comes in.

The National Geographic program – broadcast Stateside as Ultimate Factories – regularly gains access to these plants, and the next episode is heading to Gaydon in Warwickshire, England, to take us behind the scenes of the dedicated facility where Aston Martin makes its top of the line model: the One-77.

There, they'll uncover the thousand-square-meter open-plan factory, the 27 technicians who work there and the 77 vehicles they're toiling to produce. It promises to be a fascinating watch, to say the least, when it airs this weekend to kick off the new series in the UK, but you can catch a little preview with the video after the jump, where you'll also find the press release – and don't forget the fresh crop of high-resolution images in the gallery.



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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MEGAFACTORIES TO SHOWCASE ASTON MARTIN ONE-77

Gaydon, 1 September, 2011 – For the first time on television, Aston Martin's most advanced production car, the One-77 will be showcased on National Geographic's popular Megafactories series.

Following un-paralleled access to Aston Martin the hour-long programme charts the intense One-77 development programme throughout the three years it has taken from the car's conception in October 2007 to the build of the first production One-77 in October 2010. Filmed in high definition the show illustrates how Aston Martin remains at the forefront of contemporary manufacturing, embodying design and engineering excellence, and a brand with a truly special heritage.

In never seen-before footage of the exclusive facility where up to 77 examples of the One-77 will be hand-crafted, Megafactories details the highly skilled manufacturing process fusing modern technology with traditional hand-craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail culminating in over 2,700 man-hours to complete the ultimate Aston Martin by a dedicated team of 27 technicians.

The One-77 facility is located in its own specially created standalone building within the company's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Inside the facility the distinctive production space is laboratory-like in its design and detail, an open plan 1,000 sq m serene space with its white walls, floor and ceiling containing four build positions and a host of specialist equipment and tools. The facility is a marked departure from a conventional automotive production space, with each car remaining static throughout the build, rather than progressing from station to station.

Megafactories: Aston Martin launches the new series on one of the world's largest networks and premiers in the UK on Sunday 4 September, 2011 at 9.00pm on National Geographic, Sky Channels (526, 543-HD) and Virgin Media (230, 232-HD). The show will be broadcast in 64 countries worldwide.


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      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somehow funny to hear a bavarian German speak up for Aston Martin....also sad in a way, isn't it?!
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        I have to correct me, he's not from Bavaria..he's from Baden-Wuerttemberg
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cute car. I can't wait to buy this and drive it.......................in Forza 4.
      alexbass311
      • 3 Years Ago
      The third word in this article should be 'where' not were.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see it. I still wish there were more information and coverage on the One-77, it's easily one of my favorite cars.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still love this car and I love the plate... I'm assuming its meant to stand for I Am Legend?
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was looking at the front of this car the other day....on a Hyundai Veloster.
        'Vin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        What are you trying to say, exactly?
      Darz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never liked this car, firstly because its not dramatic enough for a supercar and secondly because of its ugly face, oh and the rediculus price tag...
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      iwantatransam
      • 3 Years Ago
      anyone know when this will be on in the US? don't see it on Uverse at all...
      Nuhu Bappa
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice car.....but it's face is not original. It belongs to hyundai's 2007 veloster concept. so aston copied hyundai BAM!
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great, I loved the original Ultimate Factories shows. They toured Corvette's Bowling Green plant, the BMW plant in SC, and the Ferrari's plant in Italy, among others. This should be good.
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      The most beautiful car ever created ! I saw one this summer in Switzerland but I wasn't allowed to take any pics :(
        xa7medx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        Where in Switzerland?
          Alex Butti
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xa7medx
          In Magadino, Ticino. They just opened a new Lamborghini/ Aston Martin dealer, but I know there are at least 2 other privateers that own a One-77.
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