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Aston Martin Vanquish-based Thunderbolt revealed

Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports have revealed an Aston Martin Vanquish-based Thunderbolt concept, which will spawn de-specced production versions.

BILLED AS A DESIGN study by Henrik Fisker (former Aston Martin design boss), the Thunderbolt is based on an Aston Martin Vanquish and was revealed over the weekend at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Fisher claims the Thunderbolt is his personal interpretation of how his Aston Martin V12 Vanquish could look.

Some of Fisker’s tweaks include long triangular sculpted air intakes, new head-lights, blade-like, tail-lights; a wraparound rear window and panoramic dark tinted glass roof; as well as updated exterior detailing including aluminum grille and assorted bright work.

Fisker Aston Martin Vanquish-based Thunderbolt concept

The Thunderbolt sits 15mm lower than a standard Vanquish and gets 21-inch alloy wheels with performance tyres. “I wanted to create an elegant beautiful GT sports coupe, with pure emotional sculpture, that would stay timeless,” said Henrik Fisker.

On the inside, the Thunderbolt sees the first application in a car of Panasonic’s 11.6-inch Curved Control Screen, as a result of a research partnership between Panasonic and Henrik Fisker. Designed to reduce reflections and glare, the screen is also height adjustable to suit the driver.

Fisker Aston Martin Vanquish-based Thunderbolt concept

 

Despite his former relationship with the brand, Fisker has stressed there’s no formal association between him and Aston Martin and that there will be “no commercialisation of the prototype shown at Amelia”. That said, it’s believed a number of one-off cars could be produced on a  special-order basis.

Fisker Aston Martin Vanquish-based Thunderbolt concept

According to the Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker, these secondary coach-built Thunderbolt’s would feature a revised front end as shown on the red rendering, a new unique grill and a revised infotainment system without the curved Panasonic screen – as it is a prototype.  All body modifications, would be performed through a program using renowned concept car builder GFMI Metalcrafters to handle all the carbon-fibre coach work. Additional performance and interior upgrades would be executed through Galpin Auto Sports.

“Aston Martin already makes some of the most beautiful and powerful cars available today,” said Galpin Aston Martin President, Beau Boeckmann. “Henrik’s design builds upon this. It’s simply beautiful and really must be seen in-person to understand what an amazing piece of sculptural art it is. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is one of the premier car shows in the world, celebrating coach building and fine design, this was the perfect place for Thunderbolt’s debut.”

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