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Aston Martin opens Silverstone Test Centre

By Chris Thompson, 22 Jun 2018 News

Aston Martin opens Silverstone Test Centre news

Iconic UK race track welcomes Aston as its new resident carmaker

Aston Martin has announced it will begin using Silverstone circuit as its UK testing ground for high-speed and dynamics trials.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the move is an exciting new development in the growth of Aston.

“The company is now investing for growth across the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands. I am particularly pleased that we can now call Silverstone home for dynamic testing and development.”

The iconic English track will become Aston’s base for prototype vehicle testing, which it says will focus on chassis dynamics and high-speed handling.

Aston’s chief dynamics engineer Matt Becker says it makes sense to use a track as well-known and iconic as Silverstone to test the performance and dynamics of Aston Martins.

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“Every true performance car company needs a reference circuit and I can think of none more suitable than Silverstone. It is the perfect location to develop the next-generation of Aston Martins.”

Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle says the link between Aston Martin and Silverstone goes further than just the ‘Aston Martin Experience’, in which customers can pay to drive a new Vantage at the track.

“Automotive brand centres have always been a big part of Silverstone’s diversification plans and I am delighted to be in a position to announce that Aston Martin has chosen Silverstone as the location to open their new testing and development centre.

“Our two brands have such a rich British motorsport heritage and I look forward to working closely with the team at Aston Martin to build on our relationship and ensure the partnership helps deliver on key business objectives for both parties.”

Silverstone is now part of a list of 10 locations around the UK at which Aston Martin runs various operations.