The trio of V8 Vantages are getting some badge engineering, Aston Martin-style – bespoke new versions of the famous Aston Martin ‘wings’ bonnet badges. The cars will get a different design of badge for each WEC round, including Le Mans and the 6 Hours of Silverstone where the series kicks off this weekend.
Apart from making a very colourful statement, Aston Martin says the new badges illustrate the hand-crafted nature of even the smallest details on its cars. The badges were commissioned by Aston personalisation division, Q, and, like all Aston’s badgework, made by Vaughtons of Birmingham.
Vaughtons has been making badges (and insignia, trophies, chains and jewels of office, even Olympic medals and an early version of the FA Cup!) since 1819. It’s still family run, still based in Brum’s Jewellery Quarter – and still makes its badges by hand.