Supercar maker Aston Martin has revealed a prototype of a luxury submarine created in partnership with submersibles specialist Triton.
The sub has been codenamed Project Neptune and the two companies expect the eventual underwater vehicle will “redefine luxury for a select few”.
Combining design features of Aston Martin’s super-fast Valkyrie sports car (pictured at the bottom of this page) with Triton’s bubble-like, three-seater Super-Yacht Sub, the Triton 1650/3 LP will have a production run of just one a month. It will sell for US$4 million – more than twice the price of the $1.85 million Valkyrie.
The Triton 1650/3 LP will be capable of descending to 500 metres for up to 12 hours. It has a top speed of 5.5kph.)
“Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior,” says Aston Martin VP Marek Reichman. “We have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.”
Triton president Patrick Lahey says the company has always admired Aston Martin, which is a technology partner with Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing and is preparing to manufacture F1 engines post 2018.
“The marque represents a deeply held passion for technology, engineering and timeless, elegant design,” said Lahey.
“From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complementary values will be realised in this truly exciting project.”