Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum
This is the stunning Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM which has been official unveiled by R-Reforged. A limited run of 25 reborn vehicles, is the latest in a series of exclusive R-Reforged editions fully endorsed by Aston Martin Lagonda. Customers can choose to upgrade their own existing car or have one sourced, and will be encouraged to play an active role in creating their unique Vanquish.
R-Reforged, which collaborates with Aston Martin projects, is a specialist in building automobiles, crafted by outstanding designers, created and reforged by a passionate and experienced team. R-Reforged, with its UK based team, has been the driving force of the CALLUM programme from the outset and will play a key part in the client experience and liaison process.
One of four brands of AF Racing AG, R-Reforged sits beside R-Motorsport, R-Experience and R-Services. The fledgling motorsport company holds the exclusive licence of Aston Martin to run and compete in the DTM racing series. In addition to its ever-growing presence in motorsport, the Swiss company is also involved in the automotive sector. Along with Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, AF Racing is a strategic partner of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.
After 18 months of development, the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM retains the iconic silhouette whilst benefitting from over one hundred design changes, each offering form and function benefits. Sitting 10mm lower on custom forged 20” rims, the stance and visuals are honed and more assertive with increased stability. Reprofiled front and rear carbon fibre bumpers lift the visuals and increase aerodynamic efficiency whilst new high-intensity LED head and taillights provide a purer light and freshen the aesthetics.
Highlighting the no compromise approach, it features new carbon fibre side strakes, all-new wing mirrors, one-piece carbon window surrounds, re-formed sills, aluminium/carbon fuel filler and bespoke rear diffuser with integrated exhaust box.
Chassis tuning was a significant area of development for the engineering team, with stiffer anti-roll bars, tuned dampers, custom springs and lower ride height, increased steering response and reduced roll, crucially allowing the damping to ‘breathe’ a little more.
Engineers worked closely with partner Michelin at its Ladoux test facility to select the optimum Pilot Sport tyres and settings for the custom 20” forged wheels, which, thanks to diameter and offset changes, now fill the Vanquish arches. The brakes have also been upgraded with the latest Aston Martin carbon ceramic discs, cooled via 3D printed air ducts. New race-spec hub bearings improve brake pedal feel, an Achilles’ heel of the original car.
Placing equal emphasis on extracting more performance from the 5.9 litre V12, it now delivers an extra 60bhp over the original 520bhp with new carbon induction and exhaust systems. Illustrating the detailed approach taken, carbon and leather engine dressing, often overlooked by car makers, provides functionality in a beautiful package. Conscious some owners may prefer the effortless nature of a true automatic, a six-speed torque convertor transmission is available as an option.
Inside, advances in materials and technology have made the most dramatic updates to the all-new interior. A carbon fibre dash and centre console houses an integrated eight-inch display. In a world-first, Bremont produced an instrument cluster designed by the luxury British watch manufacturer alongside a removable mechanical pocket watch that can be used in and out of the car.
Continuing inside, new sport seats allow for a lower and more cosseting seating position. Combined with a thinner steering wheel and revised paddle-shifters, these transform the levels of comfort and usability. Leading leather producer Bridge of Weir Leather Company played a crucial role in creating the sumptuous leather trim that features Callum’s fresh take on tartan.
The Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM is available to order from £550,000, plus local taxes, including an original vehicle sourced by R-Reforged.