Aston Martin’s stunning £3m mini-submarine fit for James Bond

A £3m Aston Martin submarine that looks like something out of a James Bond film is the latest must-have toy for billionaire superyacht owners.

The stunning three-seater submersible – code-named Project Neptune – will be able to dive to depths of more than 1,600ft (500m).

Billed as "ultra exclusive", it will carry a pilot and two passengers at a sprint speed of nearly 6mph and boast a design inspired by Aston Martin’s 200mph Valkyrie ‘hypercar’.

The limited edition submersible will wear Aston Martin’s iconic wings after the UK luxury car maker partnered with Florida-based Triton Submarines, whose clients include the rich and famous.

The firms announced on Wednesday that the first production model is being built ahead of its public unveiling later this year.

The design phase has been completed and the final technical specification has been revealed.

Project Neptune’s prototype has been given more power, improved hydrodynamic efficiency and a smaller frontal area.

Its sprint speed will be about four times that of the acceleration of Triton’s flagship 3300/3 submarine.

The submarine will boast a luxurious interior with hand-stitched leather seats, carbon fibre surfaces and panoramic sight-lines.

Other features include an acrylic canopy and iridium coating.

Owners will be able to personalise their sub through Q by Aston Martin, the company’s bespoke service.

Prospective buyers will be able to put in their orders as Aston Martin and Triton Submarines promote the submersible at this week’s LYBRA Superyacht Show in Barcelona.

The price of the submarine hasn’t been confirmed, but it is expected to cost around £3m ($4m).

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, said: “The exterior design of Project Neptune owes a lot to the pursuit of performance.

"As with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the hyper-car we are developing with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, we have afforded as much attention to the hydrodynamics of the underside as we have the visible surfaces. Some of that detail may never be seen, but its effect will certainly be felt."

He added: “Project Neptune’s interior was a great challenge. Unlike a sports car where the interiors are installed into an open-sided cabin before the doors are fitted, everything you see inside will be lowered through the upper-hatch and assembled within the completed sphere of the pressure hull.

"We have been able to present a congruous aesthetic that defies its multi-part complex installation.”

John Ramsay, Chief Technical Officer at Triton Submarines, said: “The work we have done together on the exterior of the submersible pleases me most.

"I’m particularly proud of our joint development of the acrylic canopy and iridium coating. The prototypes look incredible, being simultaneously functional and beautiful.

He added: “The interior is quintessentially Aston Martin – a luxurious mix of hand-stitched leather and high-performance carbon fibre, assembled without obstructing the panoramic sight-lines that Triton submersibles are famous for.”

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