Aston Martin, the British carmaker long associated with superspy James Bond, has recently announced it’s going to start making personal submarines.
Does this mean Bond will now use Aston Martin-branded subs?
What is Project Neptune?
The project, codenamed “Project Neptune,” is a team-up between Aston Martin and Triton Submarines, a personal submarines maker. The design is a currently a concept that will eventually lead to the development of a three-person submarine.
Aston Martin hasn’t provided many details on Project Neptune. Their announcement focuses mainly on the partnership between the two companies. What we do know about Project Neptune is that it’s based on Triton’s “Low-Profile” platform, which can carry three passengers.
Unfortunately, there is no information regarding the sub’s capabilities like speed, range, depth, and several other details. But since it’ll use the Low-Profile platform, the sub might be similar to Triton’s existing three-person subs.
Take Triton’s 1650/3 LP as an example: it has a maximum depth of 500 meters, an endurance of 12 hours, and a speed of 3 knots. It probably wouldn’t make sense for Aston Martin to team up with Triton to develop a personal sub that’s inferior to current models, so it’s probably safe to assume similar figures for Project Neptune.