Everyone loves a good makeover story. Aston Martin recently took on a helicopter, and gave it a very fancy makeover. The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is a luxury private chopper, designed with four interior and exterior designs generated by Aston Martin. It’s made to “delight helicopter owners and pilots.”
The VP of Aston Martin, Marek Reichman said, “We have our own set of automotive design principles but in recent years we have been learning how to apply our principles to other areas of design, such as architecture, motorcycles and now helicopters.”
The outside can either be Sterling Green or Jet Black, according to your choice. The seats and headrests are made with exquisite leather and feel much like the inside of an Aston Martin. The inside is designed as if it were a luxury sports car, with a suede trim and a choice of leathers. Even the doors are trimmed with leather.
Each special-edition helicopter will have a plaque on the instrument panel that shows the partnership logos, the edition number, and the owner’s name, if they want it. The Arriel 2D jet engine provides 952 shaft horsepower at take-off, and allows the chopper to cruise at 134 knots. It can take six passengers, and has the fuel capacity to stay in air for 4 hours at a stretch.
As if the regular ACH310 wasn’t a marvel of engineering by itself, this machine is a magnificent creation by the two brands. If you’re lucky enough, you will get a chance to ride in it, if not buy it.