“It’s rare that a designer has the chance to retell the story of one of their own cars. I’ve wanted to do that for some time and with R-Reforged we could do something special“
Ian Callum CBE

In 2001, the Vanquish entered into Aston Martin’s history as one of its iconic models, and the last to be produced at Newport Pagnell. And now comes the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM, fully endorsed by Aston Martin. Re-visited. Re-imagined. Re-designed. Re-created, refined and re-forged, using new materials, advanced technologies and fresh inspiration. You can be part of this continuing success story, working with us to build your own individual Vanquish 25 by CALLUM. It will never be a best-seller, because it is a a bespoke build available in a strictly limited global edition of 25 only. Each one tells its own story. But it is also your story.

It’s a story that will stir your imagination as it has ours.

The next chapter in the story of the Vanquish began in our 20,000 square foot studio in Warwick. In the heart of Britain, our designers and engineers evaluated every element of the car, identifying over one hundred aspects that could be improved and transformed through today’s technology and experience. Upgrades and refinements to the powertrain, suspension, braking, infotainment and aesthetics harmonise to form a contemporary vision of the car: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The result is a wholly re-engineered car, inside and out.

Only 25 of you will have the full story.

“The Vanquish was perfect for its time. But I knew it could be better.”
Ian Callum CBE

Exterior

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.

The first and most difficult decision in the story of the new Vanquish was what not to change. So, there is no change to those perfect proportions. Those smooth, taut lines will remain. But now that beautiful form will be enhanced by a series of focused refinements – some subtle and nuanced, some more substantial and fundamental - which sharpen the outline, and make the Vanquish the Grand Tourer for the 2020s, focused on performance and comfort. An example of this 20:20 vision is the Day Light Opening rubber seal around the side window aperture. In the 1990s, limitations in the manufacturing processes compromised ambition. Today, we can do it. With a seamless, one-piece carbon fibre surround.

So, we have.

“Clarity of intent.
The intent of line, form and function must be clear and without ambiguity.”

Ian Callum CBE

chassis/wheels/tyres/brakes

There is a reason to reinvent the wheel.

It’s because we have different expectations of a Grand Tourer today: comfort and class must go hand-in-hand with sports car performance. So the track is widened at front and back, making it more stable as well as more purposeful. Dampers are tuned, springs are customised and larger anti-roll bars are fitted front and rear to improve steering. The Achilles’ heel of the original is addressed by larger, stiffer bearings typically found on Aston Martin’s race cars. But this is not a firm, uncompromising race car set up. That would be easy. Now, the car actually feels lighter than the original and more alive. We commissioned new 20” wheels forged by an F1 supplier, spent many hours tuning offset and diameter to improve stability. And after hours of circuit testing with Michelin at Ledoux, we chose the Pilot Sport tyre and defined the precise set-up for each car that leaves us. Finally, we incorporated the massive improvements in braking technology now possible with larger Aston Martin carbon ceramic brakes, cooled through 3D printed ducts fed via machined aluminium grilles in the new composite bumper. Design detail to perform Nothing was quick. Nothing was easy. But the result is a vision of a Grand Tourer for today.

Framing the narrative

“It’s not solely about performance. It’s also about control, comfort and composure.”

Adam Donfrancesco

engine

Under the bonnet is a V12. But this is a V12 tuned by CALLUM.

It delivers an extra 60bhp. It has a new sculpted carbon air box, valley brace and new engine cover, providing functionality in a beautiful package. And each car has a unique, hand-trimmed Bridge of Weir leather liner that looks the part. (It smells wonderful, too!) But it’s how to make it breathe that provided the challenge. Outside, the new bonnet vents carefully allow air into the engine bay. The customair box, together with equal length primaries, helps the Vanquish 25 by CALLUM to sing And out of the Integrated Diffuser Exhaust System comes a sound that you will love. This is a clever design solution too, eliminating the clutter around the valance. And it’s smart engineering, because it also works as an aero device. Now, that’s novel.

A novel approach to the V12

“It had to be the V12. It’s the heart of the Vanquish. But Ian and I took a deep breath before we began work.”

Adam Donfrancesco

interior

There is much to take in, inside.

You’ll see immediately that, following the original design drawings, it is a two-seater – with a unique new and practical rear environment into which slots a custom set of luggage, crafted by British design icon, Mulberry. Settle into the lower, ergonomic pre-sculpted seats and you’ll appreciate the optimised driving position,new finer steering wheel and paddle shifters. Your eyes (and your ears) will be drawn to the new carbon fibre topped centre console, which gives you an integrated audio system with CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and an eightinch media display. Even the new centre console cubby box, which contains the unique identity plaque for your car, will attract and intrigue you. Look and you’ll see. And the re-trimmed and re-profiled panels, made from Scottish Bridge of Weir leather, are the first to showcase CALLUM’s modern take on tartan, which will be one of CALLUM’s design identities for future creations. Before you leave the car, there will be a surprise for you, too. Watch manufacturer Bremont, in a world-first, has helped us design the instrument cluster, which incorporates a unique, removable pocket watch. You can take your time with you.

“We have collaborated with some of the finest British brands for craftsmanship and style.”
Ian Callum CBE

“I like that the CALLUM team’s first project is based on the original V12 Vanquish designed by Ian. Aston Martin Lagonda is very proud of the cars created during Ian’s time and they are an important part in both our heritage and evolution.”
Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin

Only when everything is to our satisfaction and yours, will the final element be applied. Our iconic CALLUM logo, signwritten by hand, is unique to each Vanquish 25 by CALLUM. But before that, you are instrumental in the creation of your car. There are a wide range of colour combinations that Ian has curated, with seven colours and eight leather options. There is, for the first time with the Vanquish, the option of a fully automatic six-speed torque-converter gearbox. You are cordially invited to meet the team that will build your car. Talk colour combinations with Ian Callum. Discuss performance engineering with Adam Donfrancesco. Tour the studio, over a glass of wine or our own house beer. For us, the Vanquish 25 by CALLUM is personal. And we want it to be personal for you too.

more information about the vanquish

“R-Reforged is intent on creating mesmerizing and bespoke automotive masterpieces. With Ian, we can not only offer such a car but also the prospect of a special customer experience by specifying it with the original designer. With the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM we are very proud to establish another exciting project following the market introduction of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged.”
Dr Andreas Baenziger

R-Reforged, which collaborates with Aston Martin Lagonda’s projects, is specialised in building automobiles, which are based on iconic brands, 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.

“The Aston Martin Vanquish 25 CALLUM by R-Reforged is a new interpretation of an icon of the Aston Martin model history. This strictly limited, unique vehicle shall meet the highest standards with regards to performance, up-to-date technology and interior of the Aston Martin customer with a sense for beauty and aesthetics of the original Vanquish. With this car R-Reforged opens up a new dimension in the Gran Tourismo segment to the customer and fan of the brand and at the same time proves again the creativity and the quest for high quality of the brand. The Vanquish 25 CALLUM by R-Reforged is a GT in the original sense, a sportscar, which unites the pleasure of dynamic driving with comfortable journey qualities and at the same time it is an optical highlight with its a beautiful, timeless design.”
Dr Florian Kamelger

R-Reforged is besides R-Motorsport, R-Experience and R-Services one of four brands of AF Racing AG. The Swiss company is also active in motor racing. With its sister brand R-Motorsport it holds the exclusive licence of Aston Martin Lagonda to run and compete in the Class One regulated DTM racing series. In addition to its ever growing presence in motor sports AF Racing AG is also involved in Aston Martin’s mid-engine program. Along with Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, they are a strategic partner of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.