Aston Martin loves to try its hand at new things – The Project Neptune submarine for example, and its luxury leather sneakers. The British motoring brand is once again expanding its range to include a limited edition road bike which will set you back a whopping $27,000 AUD.
Aston Martin has collaborated with renowned bicycle brand Storck to produce just 107 examples of its exclusive Fascenario.3 bicycle. This project came about after Markus Storck, founder and lead of Storck, joined forces with Aston Martin on the Vanquish ‘One of Seven’ project. One thing led to another, and a luxury bicycle was born.
“It was clear from the outset how the design, engineering and passion of the two brands could combine,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s EVP & Chief Creative Officer. “What we’ve ended up with is a beautiful bicycle that reflects not only many of the key technical aspects of an Aston Martin, but also our ethos of excellence.”
The Storck Fascenario.3 Aston Martin Edition’s frame weighs an incredible 770 grams, and thanks to the latest advances in carbon fibre and other lightweight materials, the bike weighs only 5.9kg.
The Aston Martin Edition comes equipped with SRAM’s wireless gear shifting technology so that the left and right levers operate just like the paddles found behind the steering wheels on Aston Martin’s sports cars. Fascenario.3’s Nano Carbon frame improves breaking and splintering behaviour and increases flexibility. This creates enhanced comfort combined with higher component safety.
Parallels can be drawn between the Fascenario.3 and new Aston Martin DB11, with both going to great lengths to smooth the airflow around the front wheels. Storck achieves this through its distinctive open and wide design of fork, which leaves noticeably more room around the front wheel than with conventional designs, thereby avoiding aerodynamically unfavourable vortices.
Q by Aston Martin, who tailors cars to specific customer requirements, was responsible for mixing the bike’s subtle yet distinctive paint. Named Argentum Nero, it’s a twist on the company’s classic racing green. Depending on the light in which the bike is viewed, the paint colour changes subtly, appearing a lustrous grey, green or silver. This colour will also appear on a future car collaboration between Storck and Aston Martin.
Markus Storck is confident that this collaboration sets a new benchmark: “I would say that this is probably the best bicycle ever built with an automotive name on it.”