Slower than a Cygnet, yet likely to be more expensive than a Vulcan.

Well, this is unexpected. It appears James Bond’s Lotus Esprit submarine will soon have an underwater companion as Aston Martin has teamed up with Florida-based Triton Submarines to work on a submersible. From shirts and watches to pens and pieces of furniture, the company is selling a lot of products that aren’t directly related to its beautiful cars. The folks from Gaydon are about to branch out furthermore as the Project Neptune concept will evolve into a special edition that is going to be available in limited numbers.

The submersible starts off as Triton’s 1650/3 Low Profile (LP) three-person platform and then it receives a new design signed by Aston Martin. Billed as being the “world’s lightest and most compact three-person production submersible,” the underwater toy is fitted with a 30-kWh battery pack that has enough juice to last for up to 12 hours of use. It weighs four tons and even has air conditioning to keep the two passengers nice and cool during deep-diving adventures descending 500 meters (1,650 feet).

Gallery: Triton 1650/3 LP

The first project to come from Aston Martin Consulting benefits from a futuristic design that makes it stand out when compared to the regular 1650/3 LP (pictured above) upon which it’s based. There is one downside, though, or two if we’re taking into account what will be an eye-watering price tag considering the standard submersible costs a whopping $3.3 million. With a top speed of less than 4 miles per hour, Project Neptune will be by far the slowest Aston Martin ever, thus making the Cygnet seem like a hot hatch all of the sudden.

The Project Neptune is not the only Aston Martin for the water as it was only yesterday when the company revealed the AM37S Speedboat as a follow-up to the AM37 launched in 2015. Built by Quintessence Yachts, the range-topping version has a pair of Mercury Racing engines, each good for 520 horsepower.

Source: Aston Martin

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PROJECT NEPTUNE: TRITON AND ASTON MARTIN

  • Creative collaboration with Triton and Aston Martin
  • Concept design leading to an exclusive, strictly-limited edition submersible
  • Innovative design marries expertise from the luxury automotive and marine worlds
  • First project by Aston Martin Consulting

28 September 2017, Monaco: Aston Martin is proud to announce a creative collaboration with Triton Submarines LLC, the acclaimed manufacturer of state–of-the-art submersibles. Codenamed Project Neptune, the venture enables Aston Martin to further enhance and grow the brand into new aspects of the luxury world, with all the performance, beauty and elegance one has come to expect from the British marque.

Triton has unparalleled expertise in the design, manufacture and operation of submersibles for researchers, explorers and superyacht owners. Founded in Florida by L. Bruce Jones and Patrick Lahey, the team at Triton are committed to producing the safest and best performing, deep-diving submersibles in the world.

Project Neptune marries Triton’s diving and operational expertise with Aston Martin’s design, materials, and craftsmanship. Overseen by Aston Martin Consulting, the partnership has shaped a unique concept that will lead to an exclusive, strictly-limited edition vehicle. Project Neptune takes Triton’s acclaimed Low Profile (LP) three-person platform as a basis upon which to explore a new iteration of Aston Martin’s progressive design language.

Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team have transformed Triton’s compact LP platform, creating a vehicle with inherently beautiful proportions. "Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior," says Reichman, "we have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project."

Patrick Lahey, President of Triton Submarines LLC said: “We have always admired Aston Martin. The marque represents a deeply held passion for technology, engineering and timeless, elegant design. From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complimentary values will be realised in this truly exciting project.”

Aston Martin Consulting provides design, engineering and manufacturing services to select industries, distilling the brand’s essence into exciting new projects without compromising Aston Martin’s fundamental qualities. Aston Martin Consulting draws upon the exceptional skills of Aston Martin’s design and engineering teams, creating credible partnerships that go beyond the automotive sector and yet still demonstrate the love of innovation, beauty and craftsmanship.

Aston Martin Consulting Managing Director, Bradley Yorke-Biggs said: "Project Neptune is a flagship project for Aston Martin Consulting. It is a clear and engaging demonstration of how Aston Martin’s expertise in sports car design and craftsmanship can be extended into new aspects of the luxury world.”