Monday, November 24, 2008

James Bond's Rides: Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was featured in the 2002 flick "Die Another Day", the last James Bond movie to star Pierce Brosnan. The Vanquish was refined with the usual Q-Branch 'special features' refinements, such as front-firing rockets and shotguns, hood-mounted target-seeking machine guns, spike-producing tyres, radial thermal imaging system as well as ejector seats, a homage to the original DB5, but used here in a clever bit of improvisation by Agent 007 to right the car when it's been flipped onto its roof. It was also equipped with an 'adaptive camouflage' system - a cloaking device which allows it to be as good as invinsible at the touch of a button, thus earning it the 'Vanish' moniker. It also received the honour of being the most advanced James Bond car to date. In the real-world, the Vanquish is a rear-wheel-drive sports tourer machine, but as the car chase scenes for the movie is done on ice surfaces, it was converted to run on four-wheel-drive borrowed from the Ford Explorer for better traction. Also, in order to fit in the front-firing rockets and shotguns, the standard 6-litre V12 engine was replaced with a smaller Ford BOSS 302 V8 engine.

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