Aston Martin’s New Testing Center At Silverstone Officially Open For Business

The British carmaker’s Vehicle Dynamics Team has a new home at one of the world’s most recognizable tracks, the Silverstone.

Following an announcement back in June, Aston Martin has been handed the keys to its new testing center, which is based alongside Silverstone’s Stowe circuit and will become the place where all future models will be tested on chassis dynamics and high-speed handling.

Aston Martin’s Vehicle Dynamics home will become fully operational in December and once the refit is complete, it will boast a state-of-the-art workshop with dedicated technicians on-site to support all activities.

“Silverstone is a fantastic place for us to practice the dark art of vehicle dynamics, the fine tuning that takes place to turn a good car into a great car”, said Matt Becker, Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer. “Our talented team of engineers and our high performance test drivers now have a racing circuit right outside the door.”

Aston Martin will use the circuit to develop the upcoming Rapide E, as well as the DBX SUV, the much anticipated mid-engined sports car and the future Langonda models, to name a few.

The company’s development team is currently carrying out ride-tuning work in the UK and then travels to mainland Europe’s various tracks to evaluate high-speed ride, handling and steering, so having a UK base near Silverstone will be a real advantage for them.

“Having the Stowe circuit and regular access to the remaining Silverstone circuits will be a great development advantage”, said Ian Hartley, Aston Martin’s Senior Manager. “It will allow us to refine the ride and steering attributes on the road and then very quickly evaluate the handling characteristics before making changes with the tuneables.”

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