Aston Martin Supercar Science Background Information
Aston Martin is a British sports car manufacturer based in Gaydon in the English county of Warwickshire. The company was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford as Bamford & Martin Ltd. In 1915, the first car was built with the brand name Aston-Martin. The brand claimed to build racing cars for the road and therefore participated intensively in motor racing. Until the Second World War, only a few hundred Aston Martins were built.
In 1947, the British entrepreneur David Brown took over the company. His initials DB can still be found in the model designations today. Although his era was accompanied by racing highlights and a successful model policy, Brown had to sell the company in 1972 due to financial problems. In 1987, the U.S. group Ford initially took over 75% of the Aston Martin shares, and then the rest in 1994.
By its 80th anniversary in the mid-1990s, the company had produced only about 16,000 cars. The sports car brand from the then production facility in Newport Pagnell became famous primarily through the films about the fictional British secret agent James Bond. The first time Her Majesty’s secret agent drove an Aston Martin, the DB5, was in Goldfinger (1964).
In March 2007, Ford sold the majority of its shares in Aston Martin to a consortium around the British racing company Prodrive, chaired by managing director David Richards. In December 2012, Italian private equity fund Investindustrial signed a deal to acquire a 37.5% stake. The company invested £150 million through the capital increase. In August 2018, the company announced plans to go public later that year. Since October 3, 2018, the company has been listed on the London Stock Exchange under the name Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc.