If you have access to the National Geographic channel – available on Sky Channels (526, 543-HD) and Virgin Media (230, 232-HD) – then tune in this Sunday 4 September, 2011 at 9.00pm (UK time) for a veritable smörgåsbord of design and engineering excellence.
Following un-paralleled access to Aston Martin, the hour-long programme charts the intense One-77 development programme throughout the three years it has taken from the car’s conception in October 2007 to the build of the first production One-77 in October 2010.
Filmed in high-definition the show illustrates how Aston Martin remains at the forefront of contemporary manufacturing, using materials and processes that exceed many of the largest automotive car makers.
Aston Martin is the British brand synonymous with wealth, style and, of course, James Bond and current holder of the “Britain’s Coolest Brand” award, but you might not be aware just how world class its production plant in Gaydon is.
Megafactories details the highly skilled manufacturing process fusing modern technology with traditional hand-craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail culminating in over 2,700 man-hours to complete the ultimate Aston Martin by a dedicated team of 27 technicians.
The One-77 facility is located in its own specially created standalone building within the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Inside the facility the distinctive production space is laboratory-like in its design and detail, an open plan 1,000 sq m serene space with its white walls, floor and ceiling containing four build positions and a host of specialist equipment and tools.
The facility is a marked departure from a conventional automotive production space, with each car remaining static throughout the build, rather than progressing from station to station.
Sounds like it will be a fascinating way to spend an hour of your Sunday evening, so make sure you tune in and let us know what you think.